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Kate, Ceramicist

Kate Matthews (she/her) is a project manager in the fashion industry by day, and a ceramist by night. Kate focuses on imperfections in clay bodies, with sometimes functional (sometimes not) art objects for the home. Based in Brooklyn, NY. 

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1. What is your favorite thing about our craft? 

What I love most about clay is the ability for it to really take any shape you want it to. You can make plates one day and a lamp the next! That being said, clay demands patience (which I sometimes struggle with), and so I love how it’s made me slow down and be thoughtful about what I create. 

2. What are the core values that drive your work? 

I try not to take my ceramic work too seriously because most all of what I make is based off giving myself a creative outlet. I started my work with clay in college, always with the intention to make things for my home that genuinely feel like a piece of myself. Core values that drive my ceramic creations include patience, and fun. I have the privilege of continuing this passion project and want to ensure it brings me happiness at the end of the day.

3. How do you stay committed to your art when you are having an off day or feeling uninspired?

I find the best way for me to stay committed to my art is by taking pressure off myself by removing timelines for project completion. I work 50 hour weeks at my day job, so sometimes at the end of the day I don’t have the emotional energy needed to give to ceramics. I’ve found that if I go into my studio with tired or bad energy what I create (if I can create) doesn’t bring me joy when I visit the project later on. Sometimes I give myself the week off from ceramics, which used to make me feel guilty. Now, I view time off from my art as necessary in ultimately creating something I’ll have love for next week. 

4. What is something you want to change about your industry?

I want to change the level of diversity seen within the art industry. The art world needs the voice and creativity of female, queer, and BIPOC individuals to flourish, but remains inaccessible to so many. White, cis, straight voices in art (that currently control the industry) need to spotlight, support, and fund the art of minorities for real change and representation to be seen.    

5. What would the title of your autobiography be? 

Still Gay After All These Years