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Artist: Kay Austen
PORCELAIN BOWL (3 available, $150 each)

Kay Austen
Biography and Artist Statement

What Matters

Clay is my material, my medium; it’s what matters
To me. The constant in my life.
My message…….
Clay is my matter: I have molded it
for over 50 years,
and I’m still not done.
The image of the thing that only I can see….
Flits in front of me.
As I work, clay is heavy in my hands,
And yet pliable, responsive…ready.
Daily I come to it, ideas a whirl of insects
above a quiet pond.
Clay is what matters;
My mind is still.

Post Secondary Education

2 years Foundation Course. Medway College of Art and Design, U.K.
3 years Bachelor of Arts. University of Wolverhampton. U.K.
1 Year Post Graduate Teaching Certificate, Sussex University. U.K.


I am a contemporary B.C. potter, living and working in the stunningly scenic community of Squamish, halfway between
Vancouver and Whistler. I start with strong wheel thrown or hand built forms, based on classic historical or traditional shapes. Through
altering either in an unobtrusive and subtle way, or radically changing the whole shape through cutting and reforming, each piece takes on a direction and rhythm uniquely its own. The emotional impact of colour and the vagaries of different methods of firing and surface treatment all play a part toward the power of the finished piece.

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