Kate began working in clay 30 years ago at the local community art center in Middlebury, VT with potter Bob Green. She went on to combine her academic studies of Spanish and Anthropology in a year abroad in Lima, Peru where she worked under José Luis Yamunaqué'sand studied the changing dynamic of traditional ceramic production in his native Chulucanas, Piura (1988-89). Kate went on to study with Tony Hepburn at Cranbrook Academy of Art where she received her MFA in 1995. She has continued to explore her interest in other cultures, participating in residencies at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan (1996) and in Aix en Provence (2005-06) and Paris, France (2011-12). She is currently a lecturer at the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. Kate maintains a home studio in Ann Arbor and shows her work in galleries and fine art and craft shows nationally. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park and the Peruvian North American Cultural Institute in Lima, Peru.
"My fascination with forms in nature and the everyday quotidian nature of pottery provides me with the inspiration for a quiet meditation on the beauty in simple things.Attempting to deconstruct the thin walls of the clay in its most fragile state is for me, a metaphor for life’s work. I’m trying to capture that fleeting moment of beauty before the piece crumbles in my hands and preserve it even if just for a time, in a slightly less vulnerable fired state. The essence of this beauty is its tenuousness, like the flower, glorious, yet shadowed by the knowledge of its eventual death. "