Kathleen Standen MSDC
Kathleen Standen makes ceramic sculptures and vessels that allow her to explore colour and texture. The ever changing patterns of weather in South West Ireland, together with rock strata, moving and still water, and wild flowers are just some of the influences which are reflected in the textures, colours and glazes. Her work encompasses small sculptures and vessels to large sculptures for display in gardens.
The porcelain clay is made from the basic raw minerals with additions of body stains, oxides, cotton linter, perlite, seeds, glass and grog. These are mixed into the clay body to create the colour and texture for each unique form. All work is fired in a well vented electric kiln, 950C and 1220C. Finally, polishing and waxing is carried out on some forms.
Kathleen Standen was born in London in an Irish artistic family. She studied Marine Biology at Bangor, University of North Wales, and then went into a career in teaching.
Having held a long term interest in ceramics, she left teaching and enrolled on a degree course in ceramics at the London Metropolitan University. Since graduating in 2005 she has been selected to exhibit in group shows in Ireland, USA, Germany, Belgium, China and the UK.
• Joint winner of the Contemporary Ceramics Award 2010 by Millcove Gallery, Castletownbere.
• Solo exhibition in West Cork Art centre, ‘Ebb & Flow’ in May 2011.
• Selected to represent Ireland in a residency at the FuLe museums in Fuping, China in 2011.
• Sculpture prize in Blarney Castle Gardens Sculpture exhibition 2013 and 2014, and her work is permanently on display in the gardens.
• Publication of a book in the New ceramics Series, ‘Additions to Clay Bodies’ written by Kathleen Standen and published by Bloomsbury, which was released for sale in May 2013. It was also published by
‘The American Ceramic Society’ for sale in the U.S.A.