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Cate Pates - Porcelain non-functional vessels, figurative sculpture  

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As a child I used to make creatures and dolls out of fimo, bake them and spend hours making stories with them. Now Im grown up I continue to play and tell stories in clay!

About 15 years ago I completed a degree in ceramics with honours at Cardiff University, Wales, followed by a post graduate certificate in education from Plymouth University. Since moving to New Zealand Ive exhibited work in galleries in Sydney, London and throughout New Zealand, won awards and had my work published. As well as teaching in schools, Ive been both teacher and co-ordinator for the Otago Diploma of Ceramic Arts distance learning programme, and now have fantastic fun running childrens classes from my studio in Wellington.

My figurative work references myths, fairy tales&what happens in the forest when nobody is there to see it? I enjoy playing with how different animal energy carries a different resonance and emotional response.

The porcelain spirit vessels are stories contained in vessels. The natural world is inherent in my work and informs it as well as becoming part of it in the techniques I use to create the surface, where I imprint leaves and flowers and layer them with coloured slips. I love to draw, and the animal images are my own ink drawings turned into photo transfers which I transfer to the raw clay and then use to build up the vessels. I like hand modelling parts of the decoration as it creates a connection from my hand to the piece.

I am inspired by ceramic artists such as Jane Muir, Lowri Davies, Ostinelli and Priest and Craig Underhill, and my childrens story books. I use a range of clays, from southern ice porcelain paperclay to a black clay from England. I also make my own coloured clay and slips using commercial stains.

More information about my work can be found at www.catepates.net

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