A Short Biography
Kathy Kerner, ceramic artist continues to live and work in southeast Wisconsin. But her fondest memories were of her experience in the desert of Arizona. She was born in the southwest. She stated that this dry, quiet environment greatly influenced her work. For instance, her clay usually has texture that mimics the dusty, cracking earth found in the dry river beds of the desert. While walking along the desert, she could see layers of earth curling up and baking in the sun until the rains came to wash everything down hill. When the rain storms come they can be torrential and dangerous during the monsoon season. Like the opposing forces found in southwest, her clay pieces often mimic opposites.
In her most recent work, she has transformed her personal images into decals for imagery.Her work includes a southwest style of pottery where the work is not glazed, but covered with a terra sigilatta and burnished. Next the pottery is fired with an assortment of metals, oxides, copper, and combustibles: wood shavings, pine needles, paper. The special sagger firing is done by enclosing work in foil, metal or clay containers. This ancient process of working appeals to Kathy.
"The tactile feel of clay and massaging of this earth can be therapeutic for all who open themselves up to the experience,"said Kathy. What started as having fun with mud pies out in the yard as a youngster has become a life time of work and playing in clay.