Dover Road Pottery
Master of Arts, St. Cloud State University, where I taught classes in clay. Currently, I have my own business and studio, Dover Road Pottery, in Clearwater, Minnesota. My work is sold at my studio; Paramount Gallery and Juried Art Shows and Festivals in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, receiving awards at nationally juried shows since 1992 and received the People’s Choice Award at the Highland Art Fest, July 2009. I have completed commissioned work for churches, including St. Cloud, Clearwater, Clear Lake, Elk River, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park, MN; Ames, IA and Cuba, creating individual designs and fabrication of baptismal bowls and communion service sets. I teach as an Instructor of Ceramics at the Paramount Arts District Studio, St Cloud, Minnesota; Becker Community Education Program; and Clearwater Homeschool Co-op.
Working with clay is a time-shared together. The clay brings its own personality, playfulness, and conditions to the moment, as I bring mine. Clay responds to my inner self, to my attitudes, my center, peace of mind, inherent differences, joys and sorrows, strengths and weaknesses. It is patient and helps me to discover myself and my validity. I have found that centering, throwing in rhythm, can shape my soul back into rhythm, into pattern, into flow; a calming, involving therapy. In time away from clay, I long for the feel and inertia of its response.
Clay vessels are a millennia tradition and I am proud to be a contributor to this art. In consideration of the longevity of stoneware I am mindful of the functionality and aesthetics of each piece with a wish that it be well used.
Kathleen and her family have lived in Scandinavia, Great Britain and the Czech Republic and has also traveled extensively in those areas and the USA, Canada and Mexico. These influences are of notice in the style and design of Kathleen’s pottery.
For me, to experience a fullness of life and the world around me, I need the dimension that clay provides, not confined to a flat surface, but coming alive in ones hands and life, from the form to the function.