Kathy is no stranger to the NMPCA. A long-time member, past president, and beloved teacher of many in the Arita Porcelain method at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Kathy was also instrumental in sponsoring the Celebration of Clay annual Arita Porcelain Group award: Beauty, Quality and Functionality. We are very pleased to have her as a juror for our Celebration of Clay 2017: Light and Shadow. See more information about the Celebration of Clay exhibit on our special exhibit website: www.celebrationofclay.com.
Below, Kathy shares some thoughts and pictures of her journey.
Art was a subject when I was in middle school. That was the first time I sat at the potter’s wheel and created a bowl. I was thirteen. It was like nothing I could explain, but this art has been the meaningful part of my life ever since.
I received a BFA in Ceramics at ASU, where my focus was on the potter’s wheel with stoneware clays. Moving to New Mexico in the 80’s, I felt a strong connection to the beautiful land, climate, Native American traditions and pottery.
I studied the Arita Tradition for ten years from Dr. Jim Srubek, including 29 semesters, and an artist-in-residency in Takeo, Japan. I began teaching as a graduate student in 1991 and have continued ever since.
It’s been an uphill climb at UNM, but I became a full-time ‘Professor of Practice’ in the art of creating Arita Porcelain Vessels 2014. My courses are now within the UNM Department of Art, College of Fine Arts, since 2010. I am grateful for the guidance of Dr. David Craven PhD (d.).
I have traveled to Japan five times, three times with groups of my students. I find it difficult to convey the philosophy, ‘Art is a way, not a thing’ of Sensei Inoue to UNM students, but I enjoy the immense challenge.
I’m attracted to the connection of the past when creating in the present, within this creative process. I hope my works are held and that feeling is conveyed through use.