Kate McIntyre is an Auckland based ceramicist. McIntyre’s current work is inspired by patterns and structures found in nature - volcanic landscapes and the black sands of Aotearoa’s West Coast.
Geological processes, specifically aeolian and alluvial landscapes, are also of interest. McIntyre aims to capture the temporal qualities of patterns in nature, etched by water or wind.
McIntyre hand carves her slip cast multiples which means no two objects are alike. The technique results in a highly graphic finish – particularly when finished in a monochromatic colour palette.
Much of McIntyre's work is made from Parian clay imported from the United Kingdom. Parian is a porcelain clay, with the name derived from Paros the Aegean Island famous for its beautiful white marble widely used for sculpture by the classical Greeks. Parian was essentially designed to imitate carved marble, with the great advantage that it could be prepared in a liquid form and cast, which is the process used to make this work.
Kate McIntyre has been working in ceramics since completing a Bachelor of Design in 2009, followed by an internship with acclaimed Auckland ceramicist Peter Collis. In 2015 Kate was awarded an Artist in Residence at the European Ceramic Work Centre in the Netherlands, an International Centre of Excellence. She has exhibited throughout New Zealand and Australia, and has been a finalist in the Portage Ceramic Awards.
Kate McIntyre produces beautiful and thoughtful ceramics inspired by patterns and structures found in nature.