I grew up in Northumberland. Influenced by its weathered places: hills, seas or rivers, my sculptural vessels try to capture those feelings of being at one with the eroding landscape and its history.

My workshop is now in rural Norfolk, where I make pots built from coils of clay. The surface patterns occur after smoking the already burnished and fired pots in seaweed or sawdust. Some pots are fumed; others are pit fired in wood. Oxides are added too, these react with the heat of the flames, leaving explosions of colour on the surface of the pots. Having controlled the shape, I love the unpredictability of the emerging markings. The bare, unglazed vessels feel somehow ancient and tactile.

Recently, I’ve been making hidden bird vessels. The birds are carved into the clay surface. They are barely noticeable, concealed within the natural surface colouring.

Like the landscape of my childhood, my pots are formed by a process of erosion.

BACKGROUND
I came to Norfolk to join the degree course in Fine Art, Sculpture at, what was then, Norwich School of Art.
Returning to Norwich after a post graduate course, I taught sculpture and ceramics for many years at a local comprehensive school, adult education centres, in primary and special needs schools.
More recently, I chose to concentrate on developing my work from my studio, selling through galleries. I exhibit regularly and teach sculpture and pottery to students of all ages.

What I am I have stolen.
These mountains which were never mine
year after year have remade me.
I have seen the sky coloured with laughter.
I have seen the rocks between the withered water
and the quaking light. I have climbed the mountain
with nothing in my hand except handholds
as I came upon them, leaving my hands behind.

From Jacob Singing, by Robert Bringhurst
Kate Vogler pots
The profits from the sale of my work go to help a tiny Himalayan Primary School.
Click here to go to the Nepalese School page.