There’s nothing better as a writer than finding someone really interesting who produces interesting things, unless of course you then also find a really interesting life story land on your lap. Katharine Morling had a somewhat unconventional path into ceramics and manages to tick all three boxes.
Her life course began as she took a year out from her art foundation and degree course, which in turn become six years of working her way around the world, through the Czech Republic, Holland, Switzerland, America, Hong Kong, China and India. Returning to the UK after her adventures she started her education all over again by taking up Psychology at Penwith College – however Psychology clearly wasn’t where she was meant to be.
She found herself longing to join in on the ceramics classes that also went on inside the college and was taken on by the head of art , John Cockfield. To her surprise, she soon also found herself applying to do the ceramics degree at Falmouth College of Art. She continued to create throughout her course, with her pieces being bought by Badcocks Gallery, motivating Katharine to also set up her own studio.
After graduation, she moved to London and found a somewhat slow start into the arts world. After many rejections over the course of a year, she finally started to find her feet and the commissions came flowing in. In 2006 however she then began to think there was something missing. Looking around, she ended up calling in with Felicity Aylieff at the Royal College of Art for a chat. In 2009 she graduated from the Ceramics and Glass department of the very same institution.
Her portfolio has been an extremely impressive one every since, her ceramics featured in prestigious galleries worldwide including the Royal Academy and Saatchi Gallery, as well as the Royal Opera House, London Art Fair and Korean Biennial. We think these magnificent ceramic pieces which look like paper drawings come to life are a perfect example of her talent, which when combined with her spontaneous and fascinating past, make us excited for the future.
Words by Olivia Cooley. Images courtesy of Katharine Morling.