About the Artist

cathyBroski_cropUseMy work is steeped in archetypal and personal symbolism. Figures, houses, boats and pottery are all vessels to contain things we hold dear, and sometimes those things we would cast off. I chose these forms to work with because they have several levels of meaning I find intriguing to explore. The surfaces reflect my experience and attitude.

I love the idea of found objects, because of their wear and marks of their journeys. I see people in much the same way. When I go to a museum or a home and see these objects put into a special environment they are reborn. To accomplish this in my own work, I use a layering technique.

By using the figure as a three-dimensional canvas, the eye will travel completely around the surface. This helps to enhance the pattern or surprise in a story. Each piece begins on the potter’s wheel or with slabs. The pieces grow with the application of coils or additional slabs. When each piece is completed, I carve the surface and let it dry. The base color is applied and fired. Once the first firing is complete, I apply and wipe off a combination of terra sigilattas, slips, stains and glazes, then fire again. This process is repeated until I achieve the desired effect.

Since receiving my BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990, I have worked in the ceramics field in many capacities.

Presently I am represented by numerous galleries, teach many pottery classes, instruct workshops, sell at art fairs, and have been published in several ceramic periodicals. In 2000, my husband and I built my studio right outside our backdoor.

Life is good.

AWARDS:
Best of Show Philadelphia Buyers’ Market of American Craft Show 2009
Natchez Fellowship Award 2008
Merit Award, Philadelphia Buyers’ Market of American Craft, 2008
Merit Award, Metris Uptown Art Fair, 2007
Merit Award, Hidden Glen Art Fair, Ks, 2007
Highland Park Festival of Fine Craft, Il, 2006
Merit Award, Hidden Glen Art Fair, Ks, 2006
Best of 3-D, Geneva, Il, 2006
Peer Jury Award, Plaza Art Fair, 2005
Highland Park Festival of Fine Craft, Il, 2005
Best of Nonfunctional clay, Sun Valley Art Fair, 2004
Best of sculpture, Brookside Art Annual, 2004
Merit Award, Metris Uptown Art Fair, 2003
Second place, Buffalo Grove, Sculpture, 2002
Merit Award, Fountain Square, 2002
Best of sculpture, Brookside Art Annual, 2002
3-D Award, Cultures Without Borders, 2002
Best of Show, sculpture, Metris Uptown Art Fair, 2001
Best of sculpture, Prairie Village Art Fair, 2001
Best of sculpture, Brookside Art Annual, 2001
Best of sculpture, Brookside Art Annual, 2000
3-D Award, Cultures Without Borders, 2000
Best of sculpture, Parkville, Art in the Park, Best of Show, 1999