Meet Kathleen Koltes

A consistent theme in my work on stoneware is design derived from plant forms – probably the result of years as a gardener. I wander off to other images for a time, but always come back to plants. Right now I am etching botanical drawings into my work, and also carving plant images onto linoleum blocks and other materials that I press into clay, then paint with underglazes.

I’ve been working with clay since high school in Minnesota, and even then dreamed of being a full time potter in the southwest. Life sidetracks us in funny ways so it took a long time, but now I am pretty grateful to be able to go out to my studio every day, and even when I’m complaining about having to roll out yet another slab, or spend the day mixing glazes, I get how lucky I really am.

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