Kate Metten Ceramics

My understanding of clay comes from studying the BC potters who thrived during the 1960s back-to-the-land era of West Coast ceramics. I grew up playing with river clay in South Vancouver and studied ceramics at Concordia University, Montreal, Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, and graduated with a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2017. Following that, I had the privilege of receiving a BC Arts Council Early Career Development Grant to pursue an apprenticeship with second-generation potter Gailan Ngan focusing on production throwing and natural mineral resourcing for ceramic material use. I have since done international residencies in Denmark and most recently Berlin where I worked in dialogue with a neuroscientist to generate geometric abstractions in oil that articulate new research behind the cognitive mechanics of looking. I have also exhibited painting, drawing and sculpture with Wil Aballe Art Projects, at the Burrard Arts Foundation and Nanaimo Art Gallery, and internationally at NCECA’s annual exhibition. My tableware is strongly influenced by minimalist, Modernist approaches to simplistic design, monochrome glazing and limited decoration, striving to preserve movement in the thrown form.