In rural Germany, where Katrin grew up, she connected with nature. From her mother and grandmother, she learned to use her hands, to grow things, to make and mend. During her years in Berlin she soaked up historical and political knowledge and, while living in London, she learned to appreciate art. Her time in West Africa nurtured an interest in other cultures, in how people live and how they make sense of the world. In ceramics, she has found a material, a way of working and a life philosophy that brings together all these parts that are so important to who she is. Before being accepted on the DCCoI pottery skills course, she was largely self-taught, and she retains an intuitive approach to making and aesthetics.
I make functional ceramics to be used in daily life. Their colours and forms complement the food that is presented in them, but their surfaces, forms and textures also invite to pause, look, touch. The pots I make are often variations of simple bowl forms with steep walls. They curl under at the base and disappear in their own shadow to create a feeling of floating. I throw and turn them either on an electric potter’s wheel or a pedal powered kick wheel. The making process and the raw materials I use are important to me: I deliberately leave marks of my fingers, metal and wooden tools and brushes, and I often show layers of clays, slips and oxides on unglazed surfaces. The stripped-back colour palette and textures of my current work is inspired by weathering processes, rocks, and bare, wide landscapes.