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KATHRYN BLACKMUN was born in Chaguaramas, Trinidad, and lived in Washington D.C., Tennessee and Ohio before her parents settled in the Los Angeles area. Interested in art from an early age, Kathryn attended the University of California at Irvine as a Fine Arts major, studying with such icons as Ed Moses, John Mason and Vija Celmins. A few years after graduating with honors from UCI, she attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena as an illustration major. Kathryn made her living as an editorial designer and illustrator in Los Angeles (clients in LA included the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, LA Weekly, California Apparel News, Los Angeles Times and Animation Magazine) until her move in 2004 to Santa Fe, where a casual functional pottery class turned into an obsession. Kathryn currently lives with her dog and cats, and hopes to return to painting and printmaking eventually as well as continuing to explore the possibilities of…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 7
  • Joined September 19, 2008

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Low fire earthenware, underglazes, stamps, decals, high fire Amador and half and half clays, fabric, natural items, interesting papers, doodads and geegaws

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KATHRYN BLACKMUN was born in Chaguaramas, Trinidad, and lived in Washington D.C., Tennessee and Ohio before her parents settled in the Los Angeles area. Interested in art from an early age, Kathryn attended the University of California at Irvine as a Fine Arts major, studying with such icons as Ed Moses, John Mason and Vija Celmins. A few years after graduating with honors from UCI, she attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena as an illustration major. Kathryn made her living as an editorial designer and illustrator in Los Angeles (clients in LA included the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, LA Weekly, California Apparel News, Los Angeles Times and Animation Magazine) until her move in 2004 to Santa Fe, where a casual functional pottery class turned into an obsession. Kathryn currently lives with her dog and cats, and hopes to return to painting and printmaking eventually as well as continuing to explore the possibilities of ceramics. She is also available for freelance print design and illustration, and has recently won awards locally for photography. Kathryn does mainly handbuilt off-kilter functional ware, and now specializes in painting fun images with underglazes on earthenware.

Thanks to everybody who made my store or one of my pieces a favorite, or included me in your Treasury! I appreciate it!

* A note on what goes into the handpainted pieces, for those of you who are interested: I prepare a slab using a slab roller and rolling pin, and press-mold it onto a plate or other form, trim it and let it dry. Then I sand the edges and other rough sections. Painting is done with commercial underglazes after drawing in the basic image with a pencil, and can take 10 minutes or a couple hours per piece,, and some of the solid colors have to be reapplied 3-4 times. Then I run the first firing to create bisqued pieces. When that's cool enough to unload, I paint each piece with at least 3 coats of clear low-fire glaze, clean the bottom and refire it. The two firings take 2 days. This may help answer the question, "why is this 5-inch plate $30?" I try to keep prices low, though.

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