Kate McBride


I am influenced by period ceramics ranging from the work of Wedgwood, Meissen, Chelsea and Derby porcelain, to Sèvres, Limoges and beyond. I try to keep to the spirit of their designs while introducing my own stories and thoughts, often influenced by things in the new, soap operas, and other relationships. Issues like global warming, hunting and waste influence me. My work is a collage of clay and these ideas using both borrowed thoughts and original material.

I use delicate porcelain but disrupt the fracture design, the objects having been made, broken and then put back together again. So that, by disrupting the design, the pieces feel awkward and uncomfortable. It reflects today’s throw away attitude in which a broken object becomes immediately worthless and therefore discarded.

Born  October 1962

Education
2000-02
 HND in Fine Art, specialising in Ceramics.
Passed with Distinction. College of West Anglia
1997-99  College diploma in Ceramics.
Passed with Distinction. College of West Anglia
1979 -82  HND in Editorial and Advertising Photography
Gloucester College of Art and Technology

Awards
2006  Arts Council Grant
2003  Crafts Council Development Award
First Time Exhibitors Award, Chelsea crafts fair
2002  Zelli Porcelain Award 

Selected Exhibitions
2011
  ‘Crafts come to 10 Downing Street’, 10 Downing Street, Westminster
Exhibition at L’Atelier, L’Atelier d’Ateliers d’Art de France, Paris
Royal Wedding Memorabilia, Smythsons, London
Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art
2010  Christmas Exhibition, Roger Billcliffe Gallery
Kate McBride Solo Show, Roger Billcliffe Gallery
‘Old Friends New Directions’, Sothebys
‘Beautiful Games’, Museum of Sheffield
‘Tea-topia’, Museum of Sheffield
2009  Own Art, Roger Billcliffe Gallery

Commissions
Krug, Ice bucket and Rococo style tea service
Designed and am making an exclusive tea service for liberty’s
Nanny McPhee Film at Pinewood studios
People of the Labyrinth
2005 Jewellery for Elspeth Gibson and Jewellery for her press launch.
2005 Jewellery bugs for Diana Porter Gallery
2005 Willow pattern Tea service for English cricket board, to celebrate winning the Ashes.
Also commissions for tea services for New York, New Jersey, London, Sweden.

 

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