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Decorex 2019: Hero of Design Katherine Staples

In the run up to Decorex 2019 opening at new home Olympia on the 6th of October,  we talked to Design-Nation member and new Decorex exhibitor Katherine Staples. Katherine carefully builds sinuous ceramic sculptures in her studio,  shaping the elegant flowing shapes with her hands.

We asked Katherine: What might ‘coming of age’ mean in a design or craft context?

Katherine replied: Ceramics is definitely having its ‘coming of age’ at the moment. The value of ceramics as opposed to a painting has always struggled historically yet the complexities and skill involved in making with clay should never be underestimated. Clay is moving forward at a great rate; boundaries are being pushed constantly with regard to material, design, concept and technology. End use is also changing dramatically.

Design-Nation: Do you have any design heroes? If so, who and why?

Katherine: Particular heroes of mine are those who are pushing the boundaries. For example Clare Twomey is a performance artist and serial producer of site-specific mass multiple clay objects, and Phoebe Cummins uses unfired clay in her work. Both artists are thought provoking and original in their concepts.

 

Posted on

25.09.2019

Posted by

Laura Jacometti

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