Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, November 20 from 7pm to 9pm
Closing reception: Sunday, December 13 at 2pm
Ceramic artist Kate Westfall presents a solo exhibition of new functional ceramic vessels that are designed for daily and ceremonial use. Referencing the formal opulence of Baroque architecture and emphasizing a distinct passion for the handmade object, Westfall pursues a personal utopic world where speed and efficiency are not the priority. “The handmade object connects, grounds, and reminds us to live in the moment,” says Westfall. “Every imperfect line declares its origin and separates it from the surrounding industrialized world of cold, streamlined precision.” With intricate profiles, lavish ornamentation and earthy-colored glazes, Westfall’s vessels convey a sense of whimsy, rustic luxury and humble elegance.
About the Artist
Born to two artists, a woodworker and an interior designer, Kate Westfall fell in love with art at an early age. Originally a painting and drawing major in college, she discovered the third dimension through clay in her sophomore year at Alfred University. She immediately connected with the material and has since dedicated herself to creating elegant functional vessels inspired by Baroque cathedrals, Victorian wallpaper, steampunk imagery and the fictional city of Rivendell. After graduating college in 2012, Kate moved south to Maryland, where she discovered VisArts at Rockville- a thriving community arts center. She became a resident artist and accepted a teaching position at VisArts while also building her business, Heirloom Pottery Studios. In the spring of 2015, Kate was juried into the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia and offered a studio space. She moved to Virginia, built a home studio and is now focusing on developing her portfolio and business while showing work at the Torpedo Factory and participating in group and solo exhibitions along the east coast.
- Wednesday & Thursday: 12 – 4pm
- Friday: 12 – 8pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 4pm
VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. For information, please visit www.visartscenter.org or call 301-315-8200.