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Catherine Satterlee

"I have always loved working with my hands, and there is no more direct experience than working with clay. I am constantly amazed and grateful for its warmth and malleability. As each piece develops, it feels like the clay and I are engaged in a creative dialogue, each ready to listen and respond. "

The inspiration for a piece is usually texture or pattern, then comes the form. Rather than throwing pieces on a wheel, the artist uses hand-building techniques to create her work, because she enjoys the slow, deliberate pace that process affords. And because she loves the earthiness of clay, she often leaves evidence of the material and the making—some surfaces may be unglazed, some edges left rough, or one glaze may be allowed to drape over another.

Most of the artist?s forms are built up with clay coils and slabs, and most of the decorative work on her pieces is done at the leather hard stage, when the clay is stiff but still moist. This includes applying liquid clay slip, painting with colored underglazes, carving, stamping, incising, and scraping. After a period of slow drying comes the initial bisque firing, then pieces are glazed, often with a fairly simple clear or matte coating, and fired again in an electric kiln.

The artist was introduced to ceramics at Bennington College in the late 60s, and during a forty year career in art—as a painter, graphic designer, and exhibits specialist at a major art museum—she returned to clay occasionally. But in 2014, she turned to ceramics in earnest, and it felt like coming home. Except for several workshops, mostly recently at Anderson Ranch in Colorado, she is largely self-taught. She brings to her clay work the same urge to explore and to create unique works of art as she did to her painting.

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CDMX Bottle
Ceramic Vase

$ 310
$ 248
Tokyo Bottle
Ceramic Vase

$ 320
$ 256
Argyle Bottle
Ceramic Vase

$ 270
$ 216
Botta Bottle
Ceramic Vase

$ 260
$ 208
Plate for Anjin
Ceramic Platter

$ 230
$ 184
Wasps
Ceramic Platter

$ 240
$ 192
Hiromi's Plate
Ceramic Platter

$ 230
$ 184
Tajin
Ceramic Platter

$ 240
$ 192
Orange Bucket
Ceramic Vase

$ 180
$ 144
Hide and Seek
Ceramic Platter

$ 220
$ 176
Rapunzel Bottle
Ceramic Bottle

$ 320
$ 256
Nina Bottle
Ceramic Bottle

$ 270
$ 216
Zen Garden I
Ceramic Platter

$ 240
$ 192
Scully Square III
Ceramic Platter

$ 176
$ 140.80
Scully Square Green
Ceramic Platter

$ 176
$ 140.80
Scully Square V
Ceramic Platter

$ 176
$ 140.80
Scully Square VI
Ceramic Platter

$ 176
$ 140.80
Nina
Ceramic Platter

$ 230
$ 184
Blue Bucket
Ceramic Vase

$ 180
$ 144
Blue Nina Plate
Ceramic Platter

$ 200
$ 160
Gees Bend Cachepot
Ceramic Vessel

$ 550
$ 440
Nelly Vase III
Ceramic Vase

$ 250
$ 200
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Neighborhood III by Catherine Satterlee (Ceramic Platter)
Neighborhood III
Ceramic Platter

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Madeline at Night by Catherine Satterlee (Ceramic Platter)
Madeline at Night
Ceramic Platter

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Joel's Plate by Catherine Satterlee (Ceramic Platter)
Joel's Plate
Ceramic Platter

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Nightmoves by Catherine Satterlee (Ceramic Platter)
Nightmoves
Ceramic Platter

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Neighborhood Platter by Catherine Satterlee (Ceramic Platter)
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Neighborhood VI Plate by Catherine Satterlee (Ceramic Platter)