Exquisite Porcelain

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  • By: KERRY BLANKET
  • Monday 19th September 2016
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Katarina Wells is exhibiting a series of beautiful sculptural vases at KAB Gallery. There are varying sizes and forms available. Each piece has been worked for days and cautiously fired for permanency. The works are elegant and soft, all inspired by her coastal surroundings on the east coast of NSW. 

 

Katarina Wells with some of her most recent pieces at KAB Gallery
Katarina Wells with some of her most recent pieces
at KAB Gallery

 

The primary components of porcelain are clays, feldspar or flint, and silica, all characterized by small particle size. To create different types of porcelain, Katarina combines these raw materials in varying proportions until they obtain the desired properties. Her sculpting technique is delicate, and it can take days to perfectly balance the form. 

 

Porcelain Vase - Inspired by the organic form of a shark egg.  White Porcelain Height 29cm $880
Porcelain Vase – Inspired by the organic form of a shark egg.
White Porcelain Height 29cm $880

 

An inspirational form washed up on the shore. This is a shark egg case.
An inspirational form washed up on the shore.
This is a shark egg case.

 

When looking at Katarina’s art it is easy to see her coastal reference. Each piece seems organic and evokes memories of coral, sea urchins and shark egg forms found along sandy beach shores. The shark egg pictured above is colloquially named “Mermaids Purses” and often collected by beachcombers. No two are the same and Katarina references the forms as part of her artmaking process. 

 

Katarina Wells Flanged Porcelain Vase  Height 22cm $495
Katarina Wells
Flanged Porcelain Vase
Height 22cm $495