A Kiln of One’s Own: The Work of Kathy Kranias

Making is about movement. The sinuous malleability of clay, the direction of hands upon the surface, the tension between maker and material. Drawing from myth, and her dance background, ceramicist Kathy Kranias moulds and transforms clay to not only tell a story, but to capture movement and emotion. And while there is an absence of a figurative body in her work, there is a trace and memory of the artist’s gesture. Kranias' sculptural work is as meditative as it is spontaneous. Ceramics demands precision as well as patience, yet is infinitely diverse in its many forms. Kranias' vessel forms bring to mind a long history of clay referencing the female body, while simultaneously capturing the experiences of the maker’s life: muse, motherhood, making.