Flow Welcomes New Artist
Katherine Graham has been making art for over twenty-five years. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a BFA, concentrating in ceramics and painting, and has since participated in many exhibitions throughout the state in both mediums. She has worked as an assistant for ceramic artists making both functional and Raku pottery.
Ms. Graham loves to share her enthusiasm for creating art by teaching adults and children. She has been a teacher’s assistant in Raku at Appalachian State University, John C. Campbell Folk School and Penland School of Crafts and has taught watercolor for over ten years. She now lives in beautiful Madison County with her family and a host of dogs, cats, chickens and bees. She draws inspiration from her love of the outdoors and her adventures at home and abroad.
Falling Leaves, by Katie Graham, $232.
"Creating art is a meditation on the complex yet simple beauty of life and nature. The patterns, cycles, forms and textures I find in nature inspire my imagery as well as my concepts. I use clay as a canvas and natural materials such as glass, leaves, and mica as a natural complement to the design, expressing myself intuitively while bringing the viewer closer to the beauty and artistry of nature.
Each piece of clay is individually rolled out by hand. Then the design is hand drawn and decorated using shells, coral, leaves, glass and mica. A Raku firing process insures that no two pieces are alike. Raku is an ancient Japanese firing technique that has been modified by modern American ceramicists. The glazed ceramic is taken out of the kiln, with tongs, at approximately 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit. It is then placed into a metal trashcan filled with newspaper and the lid is shut. At this point all of the oxygen in the can is consumed by the flames and replaced with carbon molecules. This process turns the raw clay black and allows the metallic glazes to shine."