About Katherine Maloney
Katherine Maloney’s practice in ceramics began at age eleven and continued as a studio assistant to Elizabeth Krome in high school. She later received a B.A degree from Guilford College where she studied under Charlie Tefft. During a study abroad in Southwest China (2012), Katherine apprenticed with Tibetan Nixi Potter, Sun Nuo QiLing, which greatly influenced her current body of work. She was an artist in residence at Starworks Clay studio (2016-17), Mars Hill University (2019), and a summer studio assistant with Bruce Dehnert at Peters Valley School of Craft (2018). She has exhibited throughout the East Coast in juried gallery and fine art shows, including Baltimore Clayworks, Starworks Gallery, Peters Valley School of Craft, The Smithsonian Craft Show, and Morean Center for Clay. Katherine currently lives and works in Southeastern Virginia at her studio on the family farm.
Where I was born and still call home is my family’s organic farm in Tidewater, Virginia, where daily interactions with plants and animals cause a sense of wonder and connection to the landscape. My current work draws on this personal story of belonging, while responding to an increasing need for respect and consideration of our natural environment and the species who are inhabitants. In my practice, I sculpt realistic animals who correspond and integrate with vessels and altered forms. Each animal is presented in a position of honor and integrity, aiming to invoke an introspective response while the corresponding vessel serves as a stage and invites human interaction. Using porcelain and stoneware, each piece is wheel thrown, altered, sculpted and carved. Firing in both electric and wood kilns, I attempt to accentuate qualities of preciousness through glaze application or spontaneity of ash and flame.