Kathi Mc Lean
Kathi McLean discovered the wonders of clay over 30 years ago and has developed her unique style of pottery through education.
“ My interest in pottery began in the 1970s after my first daughter was born. I tried all crafts but once I found clay, I knew it was what I wanted to explore further – it’s my therapy, passion and my happy space,” she says.
The talented Alexandra potter has exhibited in a variety of places and says she has been fortunate to work with many highly qualified teachers.
“I was fortunate to spend ten days in Thessaloniki in Northern Greece on a ceramic workshop with Hector Mavridis who teaches on primitive firing methods. He was a great mentor who encouraged me to believe in myself and experiment with effects of fire.”
“My work in the Eade Gallery solo exhibition is entitled Realignment – Four Years On and will be a selection of shapes, forms and cylinders that have been raku or pit fired using various firing effects.
Kathi McLean lives in Earnscleugh, Central Otago where she has her own studio. She has worked with clay for many years finding the process both challenging and therapeutic.
“My work is often creative and free form with the firing process taking the focus or can be domestic ware for everyday home use. I have always loved the excitement of throwing clay on the potters wheel and can spend hours in my own clay world.”
Recently, after a workshop in Thesolonikia, Northern Greece, Kathi has taken on the challenge of various alternative firing methods. They include pitfiring, where one achieves the pinks, oranges and smoky blacks; smoke firing where the burnishing process is very important and lastly the exciting raku method. In raku the most important process is when you bring the pots out of the kiln red hot at about 980 Celsius and play with them achieving a variation of exciting effects.
Another aspect of my life is teaching pottery for others who think they would like this challenge.
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