• As art enthusiast all art mediums develop their individual characteristics that become profound to a fan of the arts. One medium that has been dealt with in many ways is ceramics and porcelain but artist Katherine Morling has set an new tone for what can be done. Morling began her career making glazed majolica, but was not happy with that: in that manner, embedded in tradition, she did not see herself as an artist. In 2007, at the Royal College of Art, MA Glass and Ceramics, she discovered how she wanted to work: drawing became important.
Her work changed completely when she started with her black-and-white pieces, sometimes life-size. These pieces begin as sketches which she translates into 3D. She calls herself a three-dimensional person: she wants to walk around things and observe them from all sides. First she makes small models, in order to puzzle out how the finished piece should look; then she sketches the details on patches of clay. The objects remain unglazed because she likes the uncertainty that that evokes: people are not accustomed to unglazed white clay (although this may be more so in England than in the Netherlands). The viewers want to touch it, to feel if it is perhaps paper. It gives an extra dimension to the objects. With black she delineates contours and adds idiosyncratic graphic details.
My work can be described as 3 dimensional drawings, in the medium of ceramics. Each piece, on the surface, an inanimate object, has been given layers of emotion and embedded with stories, which are open for interpretation in the viewer’s mind. When put together, the pieces combine to make a tableau staging the still lives of everyday objects. The life size pieces and the unexpectedness of the scale create a slightly surreal experience as you walk through this strange environment. I work very instinctively, one piece leads to the next, I try not to pin down what I am doing or even why. I have to trust and believe that I can communicate through this medium. My searching is never complete; each piece is a journey for answers that are only hinted at, with more questions.
– Katherine Morling