KATHERINE MALONEY

In our current era of global materialism, environmental destruction is accepted as necessary for human development. Yet, as our cities grow, so does a cultural desire for escape to natural spaces, whether national parks or backyard gardens. I respond as an artist by integrating animal figures with vessels; using clay to describe my sense of curiosity felt during childhood days of wandering the fields and woods on my family’s farm. As these memories become vessels and animal forms, they enter the domestic realm of human life. Many finished works such as my animal boxes and censers obtain a precious quality, meant to contain personal items, or enter a home’s altar space. Each animal form is specific to its vessel and often presented in a position of honor. The animal’s gesture imparts courage and personal integrity, persuading an introspective response from the viewer. Through this introspection, I hope to encourage practice of a “child’s gaze” on our surroundings, where a sense of wonder can infuse the collective human consciousness.
— Katherine Maloney
 

Katherine’s ceramic forms draw inspiration from growing up on a farm in Tidewater Virginia. Where her keen observation of the natural world became intrinsic to creating animal themed vessels. Katherine discovered ceramics at age eleven before apprenticing with a potter in high school and later developing her practice during completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.

Katherine worked as studio technician after graduation at Guilford before establishing a home studio on her family’s farm in Virginia. In 2016-17, Katherine enjoyed a 6 month artist residency at Starworks Clay studio in Star, NC, where she focused on the wood kiln as a primary firing method.

Katherine employs her extensive training in wheel throwing and functional ceramics to create her forms, adding animal figures through techniques of sculpting and carving. She currently works out of her home studio in VA, and often travels back to NC to participate in wood firings. 

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