Katherine Lees is a award winning ceramicist based in Manchester, she designs and makes unique screen-printed porcelain vessels and contemporary porcelain jewellery from her studio in Manchester.
Katherine’s porcelain vessels are individually made by hand, applying coloured slips directly to the raw clay surface through a silk screen. This unusual making technique is used to ensure every vessel is a one-off piece. By combing this relatively new decorating technique with porcelain pressed into handmade moulds taken from discarded antique vessels, Katherine produces a product that is contemporary and unique yet somehow re-minds us of days gone by. Each porcelain vessel is finished with precious metal lustre around the rim and different glazes on the surface to add textures to the clay.
The inspiration for Katherine’s work comes from Victorian antiques and amulets, especially the meaning we attach to these types of objects. She is interested in exploring superstition and storytelling passed down over generations. The images printed on the vessels are inspired by museum finds and cabinets of curiosities, the objects that these collections comprise of and their meaning and significance. Katherine’s drawings and prints are taken from the labeling, descriptions and stories that accompany these objects. With the aim of exploring the history of our relationship with objects via a new contemporary vessel.
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