Clever Ceramics by Katharine Morling
I’ve always held a somewhat conceited belief that I’d probably be really good at pottery if I gave it a go. That thought lies in the same bit of my brain that became obsessed with the more obscure sports at the Olympics last Summer (how would anyone KNOW that they were secretly a whizz at dressage/clay pigeon shooting/putting on a happy face during synchronised swimming throughout the course of everyday life? Have I secretly missed my calling as a Master Archer?!) But, y’know, I do crafts, I like to think I’ve got a bit of an eye for design, and I’m fairly practical, too (I restored and installed a door handle last week ‘n’ everything). And I’m actually working on a little – very basic – clay project at the moment for one of my editorial clients. But every time I try to make anything proper (i.e with sides) it just all seems to go horribly wrong. I’ll be sharing the story of my Wonky Pot, made at last Saturday’s Patternity workshop, next week once I’ve picked it up from firing – but there’s a little Instagram of it here if you can’t wait until then.
So it was with a degree of envy that I cast my eye over extremely talented ceramicist Katharine Morling’s newsletter this week. Having been a regular visitor to the Cockpit Arts Open Studios for many years now, where she shares her wares, I’ve always admired her striking pieces, and was fortunate enough to feature one in an editorial photoshoot a few years back for Essential Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom magazine (see above). Set in the insanely opulent surroundings of Goldsmiths Hall, I was keen to add an element of unexpected juxtaposition to this shot, and Katharine’s ceramic pouffe was just the ticket.
Describing her work as “three-dimensional drawings in the medium of ceramics”, Katharine has just launched an online shop for a selection of her smaller pieces (the footstool was part of her one-off, POA kind of items for those with a bit more cash to splash) and I’ve already (mentally) been gifted any/all of the above by thoughtful loved ones (ahem). Each is part of a series and is handmade, painted and signed. Perhaps it’s time to step away from the potter’s wheel and put my efforts into saving up for one of these puppies instead…