Spirit Line Pottery - Contemporary Ceramics
Kate McMillan, Spirit Line Pottery
      KATE MCMILLAN
      ARTIST STATEMENT
 
   
  My modern ceramic designs are sculptural vases
  or vertical sculptures on handwoven textile panels.




Raku is my primary medium. I hand-build or wheel-throw all of our ceramics, and create the raku glaze formulas. All of our tableware is fired with certified food-safe commercial glaze.

My studio partner and I fire our work at Spirit Line Pottery studio.  
Many of our 2019 raku wall hangings & vases are from: 
'Longevity And The Road Less Traveled' series. Enso (circle of life) celebrates life paths.

The famous Double Happiness symbol has been updated. Our "ginger jars" feature nested pairs of enso on rugged vases to symbolize long life and durable unions.




Traditional Double Happiness Jar 

Modern Double Happiness Vase   




Our enso (circle of life) wall hangings are distressed ceramic sculptures mounted to handwoven textile panels. They represent natural beauty, and wish visitors long lives, filled with many happy, yet challenging adventures.

I co-own Spirit Line Pottery with my life partner, Al Bryant. 
Al is a Seattle architect of 40-years, who worked with architect Ralph Anderson in Seattle during the 1970's. 'Northwest Style' aesthetic and architecture drives our studio. 
The Northwest Style respects natural shapes, colors, textures, and features skylights, exposed beams and rockeries. All of our functional and fine art ceramics are designed to give harmonious relationships to interior and exterior space.

We believe happiness matters, and strong grassroots organizations benefit everyone.
We believe in the ripple effect of compassion.
Al and I support Pacific Northwest foodbanks and homeless shelters. 

Resume:

I’m a self-taught ceramicist with a 25-year background in the food service industry.
Making the jump to ceramics in 2011 was a natural choice, as the kiln is an oven, the clay is dough, and glaze is formulated like sauce.

Bizen ware of the Momoyama Period, and Raku ware of the early Edo Period inspires my work. I (often) finish fine art pieces with blunt tools made from split wood or metal brackets (chattering tools). I prefer making primitive glazes with a few essential ingredients. I love Robert Sperry's use of black oxide and white porcelain slip on stoneware. I had the privilege of seeing a set of three such bowls during a curatorial tour of Seattle's famous pop-up @ Pivot Arts + Culture, given by Greg Bell in 2017. 

In 2012, I took a 2-day, 16-hour raku seminar with ceramics masters: Gail and Robert Piepenburg, plus David Roberts in Seattle.

We have vases on permanent display in the front window of the Wild Ginger in Seattle.

Exhibitions:
2019:
November: 'Locally Sourced' Pop-Up Gallery @ Pacific NW Ballet, Seattle
February: Northwest Flower And Garden Show, Floral Competition
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle


2018:
September: Opened spiritlinepottery.com virtual art gallery
March 2nd:  Jubilee Women's Center Spring Auction @ Axis Art Gallery, Seattle
February 7th-11th:  Northwest Flower And Garden Show, Floral Competition
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle WA

2017:
July 28th-30th: Kingston Art Festival Juried Art Show & also in the Silent Auction
April & May 2017: Studio 227, Broadway Ave E, Seattle
March 1st-26th: A/NT Gallery, Seattle Center International Pavilion
January 3-30th: A/NT Gallery, Seattle Center International Pavilion

2016:
December 9th: PDL's Bureau of Arts & Culture in the King Street Station, Seattle
September: Fall Fest: Makers Market @ Second Use in Seattle
June: Goddess Festival in the NW African American Museum

2015:
November 1st-30th: Solo show @ Fremont Jewelry Design, Fremont Art Walk

2014: Northwest Orchid Society Group Show @ 2014 NW Flower & Garden Show
10' x 8' live art installation with 32 custom-designed hanging raku orchid pots.

We sell custom and stock ceramics all over the USA @ spiritlinepottery.com
We sell O-Pots online, on Ebay, and wholesale.

2015/2016 Rolling Bay Cafe carries our custom-made logo coffee mugs.
To date they've sold 200+ of our mugs, demitasse cups and tea bowls.
 
We participated in the Volunteer Park Conservatory Annual Plant Sales in 2014 & 2013
 
We participate in the Engles-Klann family's annual: Dine Out For Animals charity auction to benefit Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle in 2012, 2013, and 2014.