Cambridge Open Studios - Katharina Klug
For the next 2 weeks in the run up to Cambridge Open Studios we will be featuring a selection of just some of the 240 artists taking part. We met with Katharina Klug, a ceramicist based in Cherry Hinton.
Where did you train to be a ceramicist?
My mother is a potter in Austria so growing up I spent a lot of time in her studio. I studied fine art and trained formally as a ceramicist in Vienna for four years and in Munich for a further 2 years. Clay has always been a part of my life.
Do you come from an artistic family?
Yes, my mother is a ceramic sculptor and my brother is a glass artist. My father is also very involved in our family gallery. I grew up in an environment where everyone made things.
Tell us about your workspace.
Last year my husband I moved our first home with a garden and we built my workshop ourselves. Both our fathers stayed with us for a week to help, it was a fantastic experience. I am thrilled with the result - it's a brilliant work space and very personal.
Where do you get the inspiration for your work?
I love ancient Korean pottery and I adore the work of Lucie Rie and Rupert Spira. There are little every day things that I incorporate into my work; textures, colours and shapes these can come from anywhere - architecture, plants, furniture or even fashion.
If you are stuck for inspiration, what do you do?
I try to do something completely different such as jewellery making or gardening which is very inspiring
Your work is very diverse, encompassing vessels, mobiles and jewellery, to name a few. What are you planning next?
I've got so many ideas, so many things I want to do! Right now I am working on more wall panels and garden sculptures. I love my garden and it's a huge source of inspiration at the moment.
Does the finished product always turn out as expected when you take it out of the kiln?
This is one of the most exciting things about ceramics, you can never be certain what will happen in the kiln. There are so many factors that can radically change the outcome. There are moments of magic that you work hard to recreate and disappointments when a piece is not as you intended.
When we visited your workshop, we were fascinated by the porcelain jewellery. Whats the story behind that?
Porcelain had great value hundreds of years ago and was called 'white gold'. This led me to try to make a chain of fine porcelain links to be worn as a necklace. This has been a great success, a really quirky and unique accessory.
If you could learn any new craft, if you had the time, what would it be?
My brothers works with glass and metal and I am a little jealous of his welding skills.
Where can we see your work?
At the moment I have work at the Sun Gallery in Newmarket and I am doing Cambridge Open Studios in July right after my honeymoon. (Weekend two three and four). I will participate in the Anglia Potters Exhibition in August at the Emmanuel College in Cambridge and I have lots of other things planned for the future. Best to have a look on my website (www.katharina.klug-art.com) for new events and places were my work is on show.
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