Kat Wheeler

Kat Wheeler

Kat Wheeler studied ceramics at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tennessee. She completed a semester study abroad at the Australia National University in 2007, before earning her B.F.A. in Ceramics in 2008. While studying, Kat worked part time for established studio potters Judy Brater and Peter Rose, learning valuable studio practice and production techniques while maintaining the workshop and helping fire Peter’s two chambered wood kiln. Kat moved to St Ives to work at the Leach Pottery in 2009, eventually becoming the Deputy Studio Manager from 2014-2019.

In 2015, Kat went to Mashiko and did a 10 week residency at the Hamada Workshop. Her experimentations with Hakeme brush decorations in Mashiko became a catalyst for her recent work in St Ives.

Kat Wheeler currently works full time in her workshop at the Gaolyard Studios, St Ives. She produces a range of high fired stoneware pieces, ranging from simple tableware to individual pieces decorated with a thick textured slip. The work is then high fired in a gas reduction kiln. In addition to producing her work, she teaches some of the throwing courses on offer at the Leach Pottery: ‘Working production for 10 years in such an intensive environment as the Leach Pottery and being surrounded and encouraged by the enthusiasm of their talented workshop team had a profound impact on me and my work. I enjoy the repetition of throwing simple forms and using contrasting slips to create texture and individuality to my range of pots.’

Gallery

Moon Jar
Moon Jar
Shino glaze
Charger
Charger
Shino Glaze
Coffee Pot
Coffee Pot
Shino Glaze
Teapot with Cane handle
Teapot with Cane handle
Hakeme decoration
Dinner Plate
Dinner Plate
Hakeme Decoration
Bottle with Swing top
Bottle with Swing top
Shino glaze
Teabowl
Teabowl
Ash glaze
Teapot
Teapot
Shino glaze
Dinner Plate
Dinner Plate
Shino glaze
Teabowl
Teabowl
Hakeme decoration
Extra-large bowl
Extra-large bowl
Shino glaze
Dinner Plate
Dinner Plate
Hakeme decoration

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