WELCOME TO KATHERINE WINFREY EARTHENWARE POTTERY
INFORMATION ABOUT THE POTTER AND HER POTS
EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT or the long and winding road to being a self-employed potter
1985-1986 Voss Folkehøgskule, Voss, Norway. Craft foundation course
Spring 1989 Ceramica Inglese, Centola, Italy. Production throwing and decorating
Dec. 1990 & Summer 1991 Eric Astoul's workshop, La Borne, France. Production throwing and wood firing
1991-1994 Farnham College of Art and Design. BA Hons. 3-Dimensional Design, Ceramics
1994-95 Atelier Bottani-Dechaud, La Borne, France. 15 month apprenticeship throwing, decorating and wood firing
July '96 - March '97 Production throwing in Melbourne & Brisbane, Australia and Coromandel, New Zealand
Summer 1998 Louis Mulcahy Pottery, Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry, Ireland. 6 months production throwing
From October 1998 Self-employed. Own workshop near the Cambridgeshire/Linclonshire border.
INFLUENCES, INSPIRATION & TECHNIQUE or the how, the why and the wherefore
The work is slip decorated earthenware, mainly domesticware but also some one-off pieces.
Much of my craft has been learnt in France so I am greatly influences by French ceramics, both old and contempory, handmade and manufactured. I am also inspired by various folk arts from around the world, architectural twiddles, all forms of ceramics, old English slipware and and the natural world.
The work is made with Valentines' grogged red earthenware clay and is oven and dishwasher safe. It is mainly thrown but some pieces are then altered and hand built elements applied where fitting.
The pots are covered in an off-white slip of Hyplas 71 ball clay and then decorated with coloured slips with a combination of slip trailing, brush work and sgraffito. After a biscuit firing at 1000°C the pots are glazed by dipping and pouring and then fired to cone 03 with a half hour soak at the end.
Form and function are important but I must also enjoy making the piece, the owner must enjoy using it and it must make us both smile.
ACHIEVEMENTS or a few excitements along the way
May 2005 Helping to fire the Talbot kiln, a large 19th century woodfired kiln in La Borne, France
June 2007 Winner of best stand at Earth & Fire, Rufford, Notts
July 2007 Sole UK potter invited to participate in 'La Borne s'enflamme', international woodfiring symposium
Feb. 2009 Participant at India's first 'Terracotta Camp', New Delhi
May 2011 Originated and organised Stamford's 1st Ceramic Market.
July 2014 Winner of Potfest prize, Potfest in the Park, Cumbria.