Kate Windibank’s practice involves an exploration of form and surface encompassing ceramic materials, fragmentation and natural processes. Drawing inspiration from the structure and textures of nature, she uses concepts of geological formation and erosion to suggest the transformational nature of time on the foundations of human experience and identity.
The process begins with soft clay slabs which are torn, then pressed into moulds, once firm, the clay is broken into shards and used to construct ceramic vessels. Each fragment is carefully considered to find the most intriguing sense of balance and contrast, strength and fragility. This methodology creates forms with undulating edges, fault-lines and fissures.
The final metamorphosis occurs during firing: As the heat-work of the kiln turns clay to stone, oxides embedded in the clay are drawn out, reacting and flowing with glaze to create movement and texture that remains permanently captured on the surface of the vessel. Once complete Windibank's work still shows its transformational journey, these are objects that can be investigated and reappraised, as each viewing reveals new juxtapositions of detail, process, form and event.
Kate 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 studying Art at university, Kate discovered video 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.
She began working with clay as an antidote to the stresses of working in a demanding digital industry, but interest soon grew to obsession and in 2017 Kate returned to college to study ceramics. After graduating in 2019 Kate now devotes her time to creating ceramic art at her studio at the Digswell Arts Trust in Hertfordshire.
1990 -1993 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University.
1997-2017 Digital Compositing Artist, Framestore, London.
2017- 2019 Ceramics Diploma, Citylit, London.
2019 - Fellow of the Digswell Arts Trust.