Kathryn Schroeder

Artwork

Cream & Sugar #1
Kathryn Schroeder

Cream & Sugar #1

ceramic

3 x 3.50 x 8.50 in

$90.00

Teapot #4
Kathryn Schroeder

Teapot #4

Endicott Clay, Salt Fired

6.50 x 9 x 7 in

$110.00

Vase #9
Kathryn Schroeder

Vase #9

Endicott Clay, Salt Fired

8.50 x 5 x 3.50 in

$70.00

Cream & Sugar #2
Kathryn Schroeder

Cream & Sugar #2

ceramic

3 x 3.50 x 8.50 in

$90.00

Teapot #5
Kathryn Schroeder

Teapot #5

Endicott Clay, Salt Fired

7.50 x 5.50 x 7.25 in

$110.00

Tea Bowl
Kathryn Schroeder

Tea Bowl

Endicott Clay, Salt Fired

4 x 4 x 4 in

$90.00

Vase #10
Kathryn Schroeder

Vase #10

Endicott Clay, Salt Fired

10 x 6 x 5 in

$90.00

Teapot #3
Kathryn Schroeder

Teapot #3

Endicott Clay, Salt Fired

7 x 4.50 x 6 in

$110.00

Vase #8
Kathryn Schroeder

Vase #8

Endicott Clay, Salt Fired

8.50 x 5 x 3.50 in

$70.00

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Kathryn Schroeder
Kathryn is interested in how material culture reflects societal values, having grown up with a deep appreciation for Craftsmanship. She is interested in our human relationship with nature and wilderness as it reflects in artistic processes and aesthetics. Kathryn has exhibited with Northern Clay Center in MN, the American Craft Council, Carbondale Clay Center in CO, The International Dinnerware Design Museum in MI, Haystack Mountain School of Craft in MA, and has presented and exhibited with The National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts. Her work has also been published in American Craft magazine and featured by The Studio Potter magazine. Kathryn is currently a special student at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, after finishing her first year of an MFA at ISU. She earned a BFA from Alfred-New York State College of Ceramics. Artist Statement Pots That Think Like Mountains Large serving lidded bowls, tea bowls and teapots, and lobed bowls are among the forms traversing the table. The pots serve bigger purposes than aestheticized forms- their purposes are equally a part of their identities. This use will hopefully spill into the next level of consciousness for the user, inviting users to take time to choose nourishing foods as eating is one part of the day we are unavoidably intimately interacting with the natural world daily. The pots are made from either a local red clay or porcelain. Their surfaces are glazed or slipped with iron bearing treatments. The materiality, both textures and surfaces invite touch, reminiscent of geologic striations. The utilitarian work is used for food like pedestals, contrasting the raw clay and glaze colors. These iron surface treatments are a parameter for this body of work as an investigation into its materiality and versatility. Iron is a contaminant, iron-bearing is a source of richness and warmth, iron freckling is an innate behavior, iron is a thick dark syrup, or an amber honey, or a cool reflective metallic sheen. Iron is clear glowing water, it is responsible for reacting and flashing. Iron is a fine patina or feathered stony surface. It’s a tone of a rainbow all its own, and its variety of behavior and material response to atmosphere and other surrounding material is enigmatic. The material is also steel. It’s geological presence can be viewed over time in the cross-section carved by the Grand Canyon. It is also what makes our blood red, straw yellow, and broccoli green- a safe and beautiful source of many colors. These pots are meant to take users on a walk in the park. Their textures, like the bark of a tree, are a surface of a form that is self evident, rather than decorative. The objects conjure wilderness rather than a heavily human built environment. The forms and surfaces of these cups, plates, and bottles are complex not complicated much like abstractions of natural forms… ripples of built up snow, bark from trees, a shell, or prairie grass. Like a park, these artifacts are a tailored snippet of the fabric that we think of as “wilderness,” inviting our senses to another space with other parameters and values. They are eclectic and varied groupings- objects that spur our imagination and memory to question the sensory experience of a moment in an environment elsewhere.
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