Finding beauty in "wonky" pieces by potter Katie Iacovou.
Published on Monday 2nd July
My passion for ceramics started as a young child when I used to visit my uncle's pottery studio every summer in Cyprus. I was always interested in art but I had no idea in which direction I’d gravitate until I reached my twenties and decided to complete a ceramics degree in Falmouth, Cornwall.
Once I returned to London, I joined a ceramic studio for a year near London Bridge but, unfortunately, these buildings were redeveloped when the Mayor’s office was being constructed. I then got involved with the London rat race, working for various design agencies and I stopped making ceramics for a while due to work, family commitments and becoming a Mum.
Now my children are of school age, I decided to set up my own pottery studio in my garden. I feel extremely lucky to have a studio again and my passion for ceramics is still very strong. I love working with clay, it's a very tactile medium to work with and also very malleable. Having a creative outlet is important to me and ceramics will always be a part of my life now.
My bowls are very organic and I love to play with textures which means I’m always experimenting with different glazes. I don’t like to make perfect things, I like to see the beauty in irregular and wonky pieces. Some of the textures in my work are also influenced by my surroundings, the Cornish coast and its rugged coastline, the architectural lines and structures in London and the contrast in colours you see in the Swiss alps. I am also influenced by so many other well-known potters & artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper.
Katie will be with us at our pop-up arts and crafts event at House of Fraser, Croydon on the 7th and 8th of July .Come and meet her and see more of her "wonky" pieces, you won't be disappointed.