Decorex 2015 Future Heritage: KATHARINE MORLING

Decorex 2015 | Katharine Morling is an award-winning artist working in the medium of ceramics. She set up her studio in 2003 and has since gained international acclaim for her work. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2009, she was awarded first prize at the 2010 World Crafts Council Triennial in Belgium. Morling also represented the UK at the 2010 European Ceramic Context in Denmark. For COLLECT 2011, she showed a new installation Out of the House in the Project Space of the Saatchi Gallery. Other projects include created a large wall mounted installation for the new children’s ward commissioned by the Royal London Hospital through Vital Arts and a contemporary dance piece at the Royal Opera House inspired by her work.
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As part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Morling was invited to create an artist’s response to the Staffordshire Hoard. Morling designed 10 large ceramic sculptures of mythological godlike creatures, that represent the deities that the Anglo Saxons might have worshiped. ‘Morling and the Hoard’ is now on permanent display alongside the Staffordshire Hoard at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent. Morling is represented by Long & Ryle, London and the Balman Gallery.
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“My work can be described as 3 dimensional drawings, in the medium of ceramics. Each piece, on the surface, an inanimate object, has been given layers of emotion and embedded with stories, which are open for interpretation in the viewer’s mind.
When put together, the pieces combine to make a tableau staging the still lives of everyday objects. The life size pieces and the unexpectedness of the scale create a slightly surreal experience as you walk through this strange environment.
I work very instinctively, one piece leads to the next, I try not to pin down what I am doing or even why. I have to trust and believe that I can communicate through this medium.
My searching is never complete; each piece is a journey for answers that are only hinted at, with more questions.”
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