Katie Spragg

Born: 1987

Based in London, Katie Spragg completed her BA(hons) in 3D Materials Practice at Brighton University in 2010 before completing and an MA Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art, London in 2016.

Combining clay with a range of processes including animation, illustration and installation, Katie Spragg creates work that aims to arouse curiosity. Whether through sharing a story or conjuring a collective memory, her practice highlights the forgotten sources of joy and amusement that surround us. Her latest body of work combines ceramic objects, installation and moving image to create momentary experiences that allude to the amazement and wonder of being outside in nature. The pieces offer the viewer a space to daydream; evoking distant, possibly half-imagined memories. The contrasting situations presented play on the conflict between our sublime fantasy of nature and the often more mundane reality of our experience of it. While the fired ceramic pieces capture a moment in time, the animations describe the dynamic, receptive qualities that clay and grass share. They record the durational element of making and the elastic sense of time that is felt when in nature.

Katie tutors at the Royal College of Art, is a founding member of Collective Matter; an outreach group who pioneer collaborative practice through clay, and has developed a Clay for Dementia programme with the Garden Museum, London. Katie has won numerous awards including: the Charlotte Fraser Award and the The Grocers’ Company Bursary awarded at the Royal College of Art, London. She has exhibited, held residencies and taught ceramics at institutions both nationally and internationally including: South Korea, Denmark and Germany. Katie has completed commissions for the British Ceramics Biennale and Sotheby’s. Her work has been exhibited by the Craft Council in London and Miami, included in the British Council’s touring Film Festival and presented at solo shows at Blackwell, Arts and Crafts House, Cumbria and the Garden Museum, London

Public collections include: Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Worshipful Company of Tin Makers Alias Wire Workers; Museum of London

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