Katie is a Wairarapa girl who moved to Nelson in the late 1980's to study Craft Design at Nelson Polytechnic. It was here that Katie discovered clay.
In 1991 Katie produced some sculptural pieces for an exhibition at Gallery One in Nelson. These works were created by rolling out flat strips of clay with a rolling pin and weaving, wrapping and joining them to make a series of boat forms.
In the mid 1990's Katie won two of New Zealand’s premier ceramics competitions. - The Birkenhead Awards and the Cleveland Ceramic Awards.
In the year 2000 Katie moved to Upper Moutere Village to share a studio and gallery with her main man - Owen Bartlett.
Katie has now been a part of over 250 exhibitions and her work has a happy place in many homes around the world.
From the Artist - “My work uses the process of layering thin strips of clay to create vessel forms. Upon these forms I use colour, texture and images to capture the essence of my environment - My Garden - Upper Moutere - Nelson - New Zealand .I am captured by the curves and connotations of boat forms, the texture of sand and stone and the imprints of shells, crustaceans and N.Z native flora. To create the depth of colour and pattern, a variety of surface treatments are used, including repeat firing glazes of many styles and temperatures. "