Cathy Broski's work is steeped in archetypal and personal symbolism. "Figures, houses, boats and pottery are all vessels to contain things we hold dear, and sometimes those things we would cast off. I chose these forms to work with because they have several levels of meaning I find intriguing to explore. The surfaces reflect my experience and attitude," she says.
Cathy feels that a figure in clay is "a three-dimensional canvas." Her goal is to allow the eye to explore the entire surface of the piece. Each piece begins on the potter's wheel or with clay slabs. Growing with the application of coils or additional slabs, her pieces take on their own life and form. She then carves the surface and let's the pieces dry. "The base color is applied and fired," she explains. "Once the first firing is complete, I apply and wipe off a combination of terra sigilattas, slips, stains and glazes, then fire again. This process is repeated until I achieve the desired effect."
Since receiving her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990, she has worked in the ceramics field in many capacities.
"Presently I am represented by numerous galleries, teach many pottery classes, instruct workshops, sell at art fairs and have been published in several ceramic periodicals," says Cathy. "In 2000, my husband and I built my studio right outside our backdoor. Life is good."