A few things to note:
B.A. Carleton College – Northfield, MN
M.F.A. None yet!
Where is your studio? I have a home studio in Northfield, MN that I set up in the fall of 2012.
What are your hobbies? My husband and I bought our first house in 2012 and it turns out that I love transforming spaces. I’ve been a painting fiend, along with putting in an exterior door, taking down popcorn ceiling (which involves spraying your ceiling with a hose!), redoing the kitchen cabinets and ripping out carpeting and wallpaper. I think my favorite discovery so far has been the transformative powers of spray paint… I’ve also recently gotten into agility training with my young dog, Girdie, which I look forward to every week almost as much as she does.
What place/person has been significant for your career? I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. I live far from there these days (although the Minnesota weather would indicate otherwise), but my time in Alaska has deeply impacted the work I make today. Spending time outdoors was a vital part of my childhood, but it was seeing the destruction of the Exxon Valdez oil spill when I was just 10 years old that sowed the seeds for my current interest in the intersections of energy, food and transportation.
What is your first memory of making something ceramic? My first memory of making something ceramic was in early grade school – I think it may have been second grade? We worked with white earthenware, and as an avid playdough fan, I thought it was the most amazing thing I’d ever touched. I made a spiny dinosaur, but was so excited I forgot to slip and score, so it ended up with only three surviving legs. Despite it’s shoddy construction, it has weathered many moves and still lives in my parent’s house today. Ironically, I didn’t actually work with clay again until I was a sophomore in college.
Tell us one thing nobody knows about you. Well, not many people know… My given name is Kathryn, but my family has always called me Kip for a close family friend who passed away shortly after I was born. It’s a name not commonly used by women, so people often assume otherwise and are surprised when they meet me in person!
Which mug do you drink from the most at home? Well, that depends! For coffee, I have a small Rebecca Chappell that is my go to mug, but for tea I tend to gravitate toward larger forms. At the moment I’m hooked on my oversized Aaron Sober pieces.
Objective Clay was founded by fourteen artists with a shared vision to create an artist established and maintained online space. This space functions as a gallery to view our latest work as well as a window into our current thoughts in process. By sharing our ideas and opening our studios, we invite artists, non-artists, educators, and students to actively engage in our artistic practices. In this virtual studio, the people who love pots can view/purchase new work and form direct relationships with the artists who make them.