Lori Katz Ceramics

Lori Katz Ceramics

About The Artist

Lori Katz • Alexandria, VA

Lori Katz is a working studio artist. She is known for the striking strength and simplicity of her work. Lori’s work has been included in definitive shows and art fairs in the US, Europe and Asia. Her pieces are included in collections throughout the world. “The act of creating, of building, of giving form to an idea gives me enormous satisfaction. I love what I do! I fall asleep each night thinking about what I’ll make the next day; I wake up itching to get into the studio…


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

my work is wheel-thrown and altered or slab-built stoneware and porcelain. Much of my work is unglazed and I use some non-traditional finishes on my wall pieces because, why not?! All of my vessels, and anything that even hints at being used to hold food, have a food safe black satin or clear, gloss glaze. I use a lot of kanthal wire in my work. The wire has a high melt so is added into wet clay as part of the construction and goes through all firings as part of the piece. In some of my newest pieces, the wire is used structurally taking place of areas of clay.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I love the tactile, responsive nature of clay. I take clay outside of its traditional realm and submit myself to its limitations. An unexpected crack or bloat can point me in a new direction. The act of giving form to an idea provides enormous satisfaction and sharing it with others validates and completes my process. More importantly, it builds a tangible connection between me and an audience that begins as an attraction to an object and becomes an appreciation of materials and process, and an understanding that a human being is an invaluable tool.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

that it is clay. people often expect my work to be paper or wood because I am doing something with clay that they have not seen before