Functional, decorative and experimental works in ceramics and on paper
22 JUL – 12 AUG 2023
GRAYS WHARF, Commercial Road, Penryn, Cornwall
A very big thank you to everyone who came along to see my solo show, Into the Woods at Grays Wharf Gallery in Penryn. It was a delight to bring together work spanning 15 years, tracing the threads of interest and aesthetic qualities over time. I received a lot of positive feedback and lovely comments all of which are encouraging me to keep going with my new hand built work in particular. There were several discussions around the use of drawing, line and the relationship between 2 dimensions and 3 dimensions that have got me thinking about individual perspective, construction of line, forms and space and their interpretation.
This solo show brought together Bunnell’s work from over the past 15 years, revealing ongoing threads as well as points of departure. Pieces ranged from functional tableware with digitally designed decoration to recent hand built explorations, grouping animals and landscape motifs to create miniature worlds.
ABOUT KATIE BUNNELL
Dr Katie Bunnell has a longstanding love of ceramics in all its complex historical, contemporary, cross cultural and artfully decorative guises. This interest is referenced in her recent work through playfully modelled scenes exploring human relationships with animals and landscape, leaf shaped wall pieces and tableware decorated with trees, birds and flowers.
Katie completed an MA in Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art, London in 1993 and in 1998 was awarded a doctorate from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen for her PhD thesis, The Integration of New Technology into Ceramic Designer-Maker Practice. In 1999 Katie became course leader for 3D Design for Sustainability at Falmouth University, and subsequently Associate Professor of Design, establishing Autonomatic, an award winning research group exploring craft and digital technologies. Katie has presented her work in exhibitions and conferences worldwide.
Katie’s recent work marks a return to a direct engagement with clay, her love of its incredible versatility, and all the risk, frustration and delight it brings with it. Working from her studio at Grays Wharf, Penryn, Cornwall, Katie combines her individual practice with community projects and workshops. As a Whitegold Curator from 2019 to 2021, she worked with Rosanna Martin to establish Brickfield, a community brickworks based in a disused china clay pit in St Austell, and initiated the Whitegold International Ceramics Prize which celebrated artists who work in and with community. In 2022 Katie worked together with Grays Wharf CIC to produce My Jubilee, a community art project enabling 70 mostly over seventy year olds to celebrate their lives through designing their own commemorative plate in the year of the Queen’s platinum jubilee.