Ann Arbor, MI

Kate Tremel

Selected Work

About Kate Tremel

My porcelain pieces are made using a pre-Colombian technique that I learned as an anthropology student in Peru. Beginning with a leather hard form, I slowly thin and give the clay volume by beating the exterior with a wooden paddle against a round stone held on the inside of the pot. In the pierced series, I cut holes with a tapered tool and then go back with an exacto knife to shape them individually when the porcelain is nearly dry. I find inspiration in natural forms as well as archetypal vessel volumes. I am comforted by my connection to the long history of makers in clay where the fundamental processes have changed very little. I endeavor to create fresh interpretations of functional pots and to bring a bit of joy to the lives of their users.