Kate Metten is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of painting and ceramics. Influenced by modernist philosophies, Metten's work comes to life through intuitive construction and response to her material.
She grew up playing with river clay in South Vancouver and studied ceramics at Concordia University, Montreal, Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, and graduated with a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2017. Following that, I had the privilege of receiving a BC Arts Council Early Career Development Grant to pursue an apprenticeship with second-generation potter Gailan Ngan focusing on production throwing and natural mineral resourcing for ceramic material use.
Her pottery is a testament to intuition and muscle memory found within each unique piece. An exceptional commitment and dedication to her craft have made her an emerging artistic force in the world of ceramics.
Her journey as a potter is characterized by her one-of-a-kind ceramics that resonate with spirit and soul. Her vessels, masterfully thrown and intricately glazed, are prized by a growing clientele for their exquisite craftsmanship. What sets Kate apart is her ability to infuse the ordinary with the extraordinary, transforming everyday objects into iconic art pieces.
Beyond her artistic prowess, Kate’s contributions to the cultural economy are noteworthy. She runs an atelier bridging the gap between artist and audience. Kate’s impact on the cultural economy extends beyond her own creations. She conducts workshops, mentors students, and curates exhibitions, providing emerging potters and craftspeople with exposure and opportunities. Her success becomes a legacy by which she passes on her knowledge and passion, inspired by the mentors who guided her own journey.