Inspired by the theatre

At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Katie Moore to tell us a little bit about her life, her art and her sources of inspiration.

What do you call your series of artworks?

– "6 stage props" - each work referred to as a stage prop.

What technique have you used?

– I work with either grogged or paper clay. I use coils of clay to hand-build each object, working on many at once to stagger the drying times. Each work is painted individually with underglazes and – or – slips. Some of my works are fired just once, others up to three times with added digital transfers.

What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?

– These clay objects showcase the processes which I have been developing over the past year. I revisited a series of drawings and digital collages which I accumulated during my artist residence in a small village in Denmark. Some of the works include snippets of collage from this time. How to decorate the clay surface is an ongoing interest and experiment for me.

Name an artist that you admire?

– David Hockney’s process and writing I often work in close dialogue with. I share his main creative influence, the theatre. I admire how with any medium he uses; this theme is evident. Betty Woodman is also an artist who greatly inspires my work, particularly how she installed her ceramics and paintings together.

Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?

– I have always loved handmade objects. During my illustration BA, I focused on learning how to produce stop motion films, making every backdrop, character and prop by hand. When I later discovered clay, I realised I wanted to bring these worlds together in some way. I developed a body of research throughout my Ceramics MA which centred around the theatre. This framework allows me to explore a multitude of outcomes from clay objects to installation and video.

How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?

– Vibrant, playful and theatrical.

What we love about Katie Moore:

With wit, craftsmanship and a great use of colour, Katie Moore creates ceramic objects that make us smile.