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KG | 191217

Designer/Manufacturer

Katherine Glenday

Circa

2020

Description

For over forty years Katherine Glenday has been creating meditative ceramic and porcelain pieces by hand in her South African studio. Remarkable in their translucency and luminosity, the porcelain vessel has been Katherine’s central voice since the early eighties. Her explorations of light, movement, water, earth, and sound have found form through thrown and slip-cast porcelain vessels. The vessels utilize natural elements from Kalk Bay, South Africa. Each with their own unique resonating sound and purity of form, these pieces result in a body of work that represents an endeavor in which the artist focused and centralized her ideas into a conversation that has, at its core, stillness, and tranquility.

Katherine Glenday

Born in 1960 in Cape Town, South African ceramicist Katherine Glenday discovered her vocation under the mentorship of leading ceramicist Marietjie van der Merwe. Since, the artist has never ceased to pursue an unwavering path exploring the material’s wide range of expressive qualities, while continuing to learn different time-honored techniques through ongoing collaboration with master ceramicists around the world.

Highly informed by the visual arts painting and drawing, her porcelain works explore the contrasts of emphasized organic textures on soft skin-like surfaces. Each of her pieces defies the materiality of the porcelain, stretching the matter to its thinnest; their translucent skin enthralls the natural light, while their silhouettes embody the artist’s gesture as it quietly evokes movement. All while refining her technical dexterity and her artistic signature, Glenday has grown a cohesive body of work comprised of delicate vessels that accentuate the porcelain’s lightness and translucent quality.

Employing a variety of forming methods, most notably wheel throwing and occasionally slip casting, she sees the vessel as a circular canvas in movement. Inviting color and light in the pure matter, she introduces minerals and oxides often gleaned directly from the natural world, such as mud from the Niger River or clay from the Cedarburg, as her “paint.”

Although the formation of her work is often visceral and full of movement, the resulting pieces emanate a meditative quality.

Like autobiographical elements, many of Glenday’s works mainly result from the artist’s intuition with the subtle guidance of her skilled hands. More gestural and intentional, her most recent series have focused on exploring positive and negative space in porcelain, subtly echoing Franz Kline in his use of abstracted black “brush” strokes to create an interplay between light and dark.

Born in 1960 in Cape Town, South African ceramicist Katherine Glenday discovered her vocation under the mentorship of leading ceramicist Marietjie van der Merwe. Since, the artist has never ceased to pursue an unwavering path exploring the material’s wide range of expressive qualities, while continuing to learn different time-honored techniques through ongoing collaboration with master ceramicists around the world.

Highly informed by the visual arts painting and drawing, her porcelain works explore the contrasts of emphasized organic textures on soft skin-like surfaces. Each of her pieces defies the materiality of the porcelain, stretching the matter to its thinnest; their translucent skin enthralls the natural light, while their silhouettes embody the artist’s gesture as it quietly evokes movement. All while refining her technical dexterity and her artistic signature, Glenday has grown a cohesive body of work comprised of delicate vessels that accentuate the porcelain’s lightness and translucent quality.

Employing a variety of forming methods, most notably wheel throwing and occasionally slip casting, she sees the vessel as a circular canvas in movement. Inviting color and light in the pure matter, she introduces minerals and oxides often gleaned directly from the natural world, such as mud from the Niger River or clay from the Cedarburg, as her “paint.”

Although the formation of her work is often visceral and full of movement, the resulting pieces emanate a meditative quality.

Like autobiographical elements, many of Glenday’s works mainly result from the artist’s intuition with the subtle guidance of her skilled hands. More gestural and intentional, her most recent series have focused on exploring positive and negative space in porcelain, subtly echoing Franz Kline in his use of abstracted black “brush” strokes to create an interplay between light and dark.

Katherine Glenday Collection

KG | 191214

KG | 191205

KG | 221106

KG | 220722

KG | 210902

KG | 221103

KG | 220710

KG | 190116

KG | 221110

KG | 191207

GLENDAY TEA CUP

KG | 221107

KG | 190138

KG | 191210

GLENDAY GREEN CHINESE BOWL

KG | 190155

KG | 191225

KG | 210426

THE LIGHT FORGE

THE LIGHT FORGE

KG | 220728

GLENDAY CUP

KG | 191222

KG | 190103

KG | 220736

KG | 191218

KG | 190140

KG | 210428

KG | B05

KG | DRIPS

KG | 191221

KG | 220806

KG | 191204

KG | 210411

KG | 220726

KG | 191215

KG | 210420

KG | 191212

KG | 220739

KG | 221109

KG | 210405

KG | 220803

KG | 19014

GLENDAY GREEN STICK ESPRESSO CUP

KG | 221105

KG | 220737

KG | 210408

KG | 220802

KG | 220740

KG | 190145

KG | 190144

THE LIGHT FORGE

KG | 210425

KG | 220804

KG | 220729

KG | 220727

KG | 191229

KG | 210415

THE LIGHT FORGE

KG | 220707

KG | 190154

KG | 190124

KG | 210430

KG | 220702

KG | 221111

KG | 210410

KG | 220738

KG | BONBONNIERE

KG | 220735

KG | 221104

KG | 210416

THE LIGHT FORGE

KG | 191226

KG | 210421

GLENDAY SUGAR BOWL

KG | 190118

KG | 220715

KG | 220704

KG | 220730

KG | 191203

KG | 190141

KG | 191201

KG | 220705

KG | 220731

KG | 210419

KG | 210401

KG | 220718

KG | 191230

KG | 220701

KG | 220807

KG | 220712

KG | 210433

KG | 220733

KG | 210418

GLENDAY LARGE BOWL

KG | 220717

KG | 221108

KG | 210431

KG | 210435

KG | 210404

KG | 191223

KG | 191217

KG | 190151

GLENDAY GREEN TEA CUP

KG | 191208

KG | 191213

KG | 220706

KG | 190105

KG | 210406

KG | 191216

KG | 210407

KG | 220720

KG | 220721

KG | 191211

THE LIGHT FORGE

KG | 220719

KG | 220724

KG | 220801

GLENDAY BLUE CHINESE BOWL

KG | 191219

KG | 190101

KG | 220703

KG | 210409

KG | 221102

KG | 210403

KG | 220723

KG | 210904

KG | 190109

KG | 210424

KG | 220716

KG | 220725

KG | 190110

KG | 210402

KG | 220714

KG | 210412

KG | 221101

THE LIGHT FORGE

KG | 191220

KG | 191228

KG | 191209

KG | 210427

KG | 220708

KG | 220805

THE LIGHT FORGE

THE LIGHT FORGE

KG | 191202

KG | 210417

KG | 220711