Contemporary Ceramic Art

Washington, D.C. | 64 Sales


Contemporary Ceramic Art

Washington, D.C. 64 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (10)

CSatterleeCeramics is taking a short break


Note from shop owner My Etsy shop is closed for the summer and will reopen in September.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jun 24, 2019

My Etsy shop is closed for the summer and will reopen in September.

Catherine Satterlee

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Catherine Satterlee


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Ceramics at full tilt!

One of the qualities of ceramics that I love most is the accessibility: in each object there seems to be an invitation to touch and hold it. Unlike paintings and sculpture that stand apart as Art, there is a warmth in clay that reaches out, even if the object is sitting on a pedestal in a museum with a do not touch sign: Whether the object is functional or not, it asks to be held.

After being introduced to ceramics in college, I worked in the contemporary art and design worlds in painting, interior design, graphic design, exhibition design and installation, and spent only a few years in ceramics. Once I retired as Exhibitions Coordinator at the Arlington Arts Center, my first thought was to get involved with ceramics again. It feels like home; and the awareness of the limited amount of time left in my life to work with clay lends a delicious urgency to my labors. I now work at the Lee Arts Center in Arlington VA, where I was accepted as a member of the Open Studios Program.

For some ceramists, the glaze is the most fascinating part of the process: for me, the earthiness of clay is very appealing, so I tend to leave a lot of my surfaces unglazed. And the slower, more labor-intensive handbuilding techniques, like coil and slab construction, are more satisfying to me than throwing on a wheel. Many of my pieces are made from slabs: Clay is rolled out like a pie crust and allowed to stiffen. It is still malleable enough to carve, but rigid enough to hold its own in a vertical position. To assemble slab sections, adjoining edges are scored and coated with slip (liquid clay), then pressed firmly together and very slowly dried. I tend to leave evidence of the building process rather than smooth edges and seams.

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  • Catherine Satterlee

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    My working life has centered on contemporary art—in graphic design, in painting, in exhibits design at the Hirshhorn, and now in ceramics. I live in Washington DC and my studio is across the river in Arlington VA at the Lee Arts Center.

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