For the past two years, the chief inspiration behind Katie Spragg's ceramic work has been the natural world. She seeks to evoke the feelings and memories we associate with special places.
Katie’s work also explores the concept of time, spending or taking time, and specifically time spent outdoors with nature. Her latest body of work combines ceramic objects, installation and the moving image to create momentary experiences which allude to the amazement and wonder of being outside in nature.
Pieces offer the viewer a space in which to daydream, evoking distant, possibly half-imagined memories. The contrasting situations presented play on the conflict between our sublime fantasy of nature and the often more mundane reality of our experience of it.
The V&A museum recently acquired Katie’s ‘Hedgerow’ piece, and in 2016 she was selected to exhibit at Decorex with Future Heritage. Katie has also been commissioned to run a project for the TATE Exchange programme as a member of the outreach art group, Collective Matter.
She has had residencies and exhibitions including at the V&A Museum, Somerset House and Grimmerhus International Ceramic Museum in Denmark. Her commercial range has been sold at Liberty London, Paul Smith and the Fashion and Textile Museum.
Katie grew up in Oxfordshire, a creative child who knew from the age of 14 that her future would be in the arts. She graduated from Brighton University with a BA in 3D Materials Practice, and continued her studies at the Royal College of Art pursuing a MA in Ceramics and Glass where she was twice selected for the Charlotte Fraser Award. In common with several of our craftspeople, teaching and public engagement play an important part in Katie’s practice. She has held positions at the University of Brighton and at Camden Arts Centre in London.
View Katie's unglazed ceramic clay sculpture, Windswept Turf
We have chosen a piece from Katie’s ‘Turf’ collection. The base of the Turf sculpture is created from a lump of clay which Katie rakes until it looks like a clod of muddy turf. She rolls and builds up the clay by hand to create the shape and form, using images for reference, and forming each individual blade separately in a quest to make them as representative as possible. The porcelain sculptures are unglazed and fired straight up to stoneware temperature in the kiln.
We love how Katie's works are fully immersive, involving many senses and perfectly catching the defiance and strength of plants to grow in the most unique of places from window panes to concrete pavements. It is also wonderful to watch how Katie's work had developed over the years to create such delicate, beautiful and meaningful art.