Catharine’s sculptures represented the
human form. she works quickly making them trying to capture the initial visceral response like
the search lines of a quick sketch before the conscious mind takes over and
imposes its intellect. Her work pushes against the contrived perfect finish and
like Rodin, she finds beauty in the unfinished and broken. Letting the clay have its
say in surface texture, edges left free with the suggestion of a body beneath.
Her figures were placed as part
of an installation. Using other materials, wood, canvas and metal, she created a stage settings or tableau to tell a story or capture a moment or pause in time.
Cathrine Ball has a background is in ceramics and an MFA degree in Fine Arts. For over 30 years
she ran her own business producing high-fired individual pieces with richly
coloured glazes and supplied galleries from Aberdeen to Winchester; she had her own studio and also held classes. Catherine gradually changed to sculpture
through an interest in life drawing which she took the human body as a model
for her sculptures; firstly using stoneware clay and now exploring porcelain.