Kate Windibank’s practice involves continuous exploration of form and texture, with particular emphasis on ceramic materials, fragmentation and natural processes. Inspired by the concepts of geological formation, erosion and the transformational nature of time. she searches for the most intriguing sense of balance and contrast, strength and fragility, creating forms with undulating edges, fault-lines and fissures.
The process begins when soft clay is torn, then pressed into moulds, once firm, the clay is broken into shards and used to create fragmented forms. As the pieces are constructed ceramic oxides are embedded into the crevasses of the clay. Later, when the work is fired and the heat-work of the kiln turns the clay to stone, these oxides are drawn to the surface, reacting with glaze to create movement and texture that remains permanently frozen on the surface of the vessel.
Once complete Windibank's work still shows it’s transformational journey, these are objects that can be investigated and reappraised, as each viewing reveals new juxtapositions of detail, process, form and event.
1990 -1993 BA (Hons) Fine Art,
Nottingham Trent University.
1997-2017 Digital Compositing Artist,
2017- 2019 Ceramics Diploma,
2019 - Fellow of the Digswell Arts Trust.
Kate Windibank was born in Sussex, England and raised in a village in the Cambridgeshire countryside, surrounded by wildlife and landscape that fascinated her from an early age.
While at university, she became interested in audio visual art which in turn lead to a twenty year career working in VFX as a Digital Compositing Artist creating CGI for over 30 film and television programmes.
Kate began working with clay as an antidote to the stresses of working in a demanding digital industry, but became fascinated by the creative process of making ceramic art. In 2017 she left her career in Visual Effects and returned to college to study ceramics. After graduating in 2019 Kate now devotes her time to creating sculptural ceramic vessels at her studio at the Digswell Arts Trust in Hertfordshire.
image by Kalpa Art Living