Kathryn Zamar - The Critique

When it comes to ceramics, the line between artisanry and artistry is fine and often confused. Kathryn Zamar however manages to make it very clear to us. She takes the technical skills of a talented artisan and transforms them into the purest form of sculptural art and presents her beautifully lyrical creations to us.
 
Kathryn’s work is inspired by an overwhelming vision of nature filtered through her feminine sensitivity and spirituality. Her joyous imagination darts spontaneously across the ceramic surface and beyond, evoking a unique sense of openness and delicacy.
 
Her glazed works are the result of her meticulous research into the correlation between colour and form. The technique involves a number of superimposed layers of glazing that create depth and movement in a fluid, flowing interplay of colours and lines. She builds up the images on the surface of her creations layer by layer, and the swirls of colour form shapes that create these fantastical, amorphous landscapes giving the impression of streams pouring through rocks, waves breaking on seashores or even underground lakes hidden in magical caves.
 
Kathryn’s works are pervaded with the almost ethereal, sinuous lines of feminine sensuality. They attract, they envelop, they contain and enchant the senses completely. Her unglazed works, for example, have a tactile quality that emulate the delicate softness of the female form. In this way her works are a uniquely cross modal experience - delighting the sense of sight and touch simultaneously.
 
Her work is inspired by Impressionism and its study of the relationship between light and colour and the landscapes and natural scenes of its subjects; in fact one of her works is called Giverny, a clear homage to Monet, although she is perhaps closer to avant-garde painter Marie Laurencin, with her lighthearted decorative tones, and abstract expressionists like Helen Frankenthaler, with the spontaneity of her colours. For Kathryn Zamar, glaze is her pigment and clay is her canvas - she paints in porcelain!
 
As Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art”. A good artisan has a taste for beauty, Kathryn Zamar is a true artist that creates beauty to delight the senses with her extraordinary talent.
 
Karen Lappon
International Confederation of Art Critics