MEET THE MAKER
Kate O’Kelly’s playful approach to form and a curious attention to process results in delicate, fine porcelain pieces. Small clusters, or families, of individual pieces that create a dynamic of movement and exchange of form.
O’Kelly’s practice is influenced by an interest in adapting established craftsmanship techniques and combining new technologies with traditional making methods. Having spent a number of residencies based in Industrial spaces such Stoke on Trent, Czech Porcelain Dubi and FABLAB Limerick, her fascination with factories, making and the history of industrial ceramics is explored through pro- cess. She makes small collections of objects, Inspiration comes from a range of sources, in particular Classical and Industrial Architecture. The hybridisation of these two aesthetics is a recurring theme within her work.
As a maker working primarily with casting, she is continuously looking for ways to produce or reproduce unique master models. Digital tools and programs have generated new ways of making these forms, using the traditional techniques of extruding and slip casting, combined with laser cutting and CNC milling.
Her practice pushes the boundaries of both the material and process, incorporating smooth curves, delicate clean lines, and polished surfaces, emphasising the distinct qualities of porcelain.
Plaster Model Making
Plaster Mould Making Glazing