Katharina Treml is a potter based in Kilkenny, Ireland. She makes wheelthrown functional tableware and one-off decorative pieces in stoneware and porcelain.
'I aspire to make pots that enrich everyday life and encourage people to slow down in a fast paced world. I hope whoever uses my work feels some of the joy that I feel making it'
Growing up in rural Austria, being in nature, making, creating and learning new skills has always been an integral part of my life. While studying food science in Vienna I was introduced to clay and instantly fell in love. I decided to exchange my lab coat for a potter's apron and make ceramics my career. In 2018, I moved to Ireland to further my skills at the renowned DCCoI Ceramics Skills and Design Course in Thomastown where I graduated in 2020. I now work from my home studio in Kilkenny.
Pottery is all about connection and tactile engagement for me. I am interested in pots that are a quiet, but enriching part of peoples everyday lives. They can hold memories of a really good meal, a certain moment, story or person.
I like the spontaneity of throwing and the endless room for experimentation that working with clay brings. The materials I work with are important to me and I aim to let them speak for themselves by keeping forms simple and well considered.
I have an ever growing curiosity about materials - trying to understand how I can use what I find locally, how it reacts in the kiln, what colours or textures it achieves. Processing wood ash, local clay or minerals is time consuming and requires a lot of testing. I like this involved way of working. The unpredictability of these materials excites me, makes each pot unique and gives them a sense of place.
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