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About the Artist

Kate Roberts (Seattle) is a ceramic artist. Born in North Carolina, Kate was raised in Greenville, South Carolina. Growing up in the South, she was inspired by historical objects, the architecture around her, and personal relationships. Her practice is a meditation on time and its role in decay. Her unfired ceramic works examine the temporary physicality of an object, space, or idea.

Kate fell in love with ceramics in high school. She continued her studies at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University where she received both her MFA and BFA in 2015 and 2010 respectively. She completed residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Le Cite International des Arts in Paris. Recently she created work in situ for the Parcours Ceramique Carougeois Biennial in Geneva, Switzerland. She is currently a lecturer of ceramics at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Kate received 2017 GAP Award funding for lighting, by partially funding the purchase of portable professional theatre lights, and plans to use these lights in an upcoming group exhibition in a raw space in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The exhibition will coincide with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) happening in March 2018. The ceramic work will educate attendees on the history of the industrial landscape of the city. The 1,000 sq. ft. space will require the reach projection theatre lights can provide. The piece will also require the ability to dim the lights. Lighting will be integral to literal and thematic illumination, illustrating how our choices affect our environment. 

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

I am so grateful for this award! It will tremendously impact the way I make work and the places I can show it. Thank you Artist Trust for allowing me to explore a vision I have had for awhile!

Kate Roberts