Catherine White – Rough Ideas, Zen Finesse

 

 

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Catherine White’s ceramic blog on her work and perceptions is paradoxically labelled  ” Rough Ideas ”  as her ceramic pieces and presentation are superb and very refined. The photography and use of quotes and poetry with her ceramic display are really worth a look. ( see link below ). Both her ceramics and drawings reflect the balanced Japanese aesthetic and her site has a grounded Zen ambience.

Catherines statement :

” Because pottery itself abstractly expresses—through clay, glaze and shape—nature’s landscape, it can be as spirited as a spring day or as barren as a raw and sullen winter afternoon, barely touched with color. I am aiming for distillations from nature, historically alive and poetically inspired. Clay processes are intertwined with extensive drawing, painting and collaging on paper. One recurring focus is the many forms of grasses. As depicted in my clay and paper works, images range from seasonal portraits to drawings of digested visions, quite specific yet not overly-literal. “

 

 

Catherine White --Anagama fired

Catherine White –Anagama fired barrrel vase

 

 

 

 

SilkTripod vase

 Silk Tripod vase

 

 

 

Red Rippled Bottle -Catherine White

Red Rippled Bottle -Catherine White

 

 

 

 

Catherine White Cup

Catherine White Cup

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”
– Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

 ( re-quoted from Catherine’s blog )

 

 

 

Grapevine for Peace-II Catherine White

Grapevine for Peace-II   – Open Field Painting  by Catherine White

 

 

 

 

Forsythia vase

Forsythia vase

 

 

 

 

Daffodills in folded vase

Daffodills in a folded vase

 

 

 

 

Triangle Plate small

Triangle Plate small – Catherine White

 

 

 

Leaf Plate small woodfired

Catherine White Leaf Plate small

 

 

 

 

Cup with Iron Stars

Cup with Iron Stars

 

 

 

 

Catherine White - brush grain plate

Catherine White – brush grain plate

 

 

 

Catherine White -Triple Cylinder

Catherine White – Triple Cylinder

 

 

 

Blue Strip Cup and Saucer

Blue Strip Cup and Saucer – Catherine White

 

 

 

 

2013-summer solstice

2013- Summer solstice

 

Onion whiteware

Onion – whiteware vase

 

 

 

 

Wood fired Axe vase

Anagama wood fired Axe vase – Catnerine White

 

 

 

 

Stancills plate

Stancills plate

 

 

 

Bottles

Bottles

Catherine White

 

 

Cup

Cup

 

 

Boulder

Boulder

 

 

 

Cocoon leaf

Cocoon leaf vase

 

 

Quintet Catherine White

Quintet – Catherine White

 

 

 

Leaf-sail

Leaf Sail – Catherine White

 

 

 

Rock vase Catherine White

Rock vase – Catherine White

 

 

 

 

Landscape vase - Catherine White

Landscape vase – Catherine White

 

 

 

 

Catherine White bottle vases

Catherine White asymmetrical bottle vases

 

 

 

 

Rectangular dish

Two rectangular dish’s – Catherine White

 

 

 

 

Small ceramic vase

    Asymmetrical round vase

 

 

 

Square dish and blueberries

Square dish and blueberries – Catherine White

 

 

 

 

Rectangle dish

Rectangle dish

“So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”

Jorge Luis Borges
( re-quoted from Catherines blog )

 

 

 

 

 

Teacups with Brushed White slip

Teacups with Brushed White slip

Catherine White

Catherine White Anagama Pottery

Catherine White Anagama Pottery

Wide necked arrow vase – anagama fired 2010

 

 

 

 

Soft Smooth Bud Vase -- Catherine White

Soft Smooth Bud Vase — Catherine White

Catherine White website here

 

 

 

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