Cate Austin


I create ceramic works of art with a subtlety of form, obvious function and delicate surface design. I strive to make pottery that brings elegance, sophistication, and merriment to the everyday. I am inspired by the islamic textiles, quilting, stitching and old world french tea sets. I use repetitive shapes to create overall patterns, the lack of a defined focal point throughout a piece leads one to appreciate the work as a whole. From a distance these rhythmic patterns seem to be without flaws, but upon closer inspection slight imperfections of those patterns can be found. These flaws demonstrate a quality that only handmade items have.