Cathrine Holtet

Cathrine is a Norwegian artist based in Dundee. Her passion for working with clay was ignited when doing a one-year course in ceramics at Agder Folkehøyskole in Søgne, Norway, from 1995-1996. She then went on to complete a BDes(Hons) in ceramics at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, where she graduated in 1999. A keen photographer, Cathrine uses her camera to gather inspiration in the natural world – photographing everything from majestic mountains to macro images of flowers and seashells. Her interest in the natural world is mirrored in her work, never copying nature but merely drawing inspiration from it to create new and unique forms.
Cathrine has been fascinated by the properties of porcelain since first laying hands on it during her third year at art college – it’s purity, whiteness and translucency. This has sparked a stubborn desire to master a material which can be ruined by the tiniest impurity or flaw, and is notoriously prone to warping and cracking.
Since her final year at art college she has specialised in the technique of water-etching (or shellac resist) on cast and thrown porcelain pieces, creating delicate relief patterns that are brought to life as light passes through the porcelain walls. In the last few years she has also started exploring the technique of carving in leather hard porcelain, opening up a whole new world of possibilities and resulting in some exciting new light pieces.

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