About Katherine Wheeler Ceramics
Katherine Wheeler Ceramics began with my love of beach combing, and holidays at the beach.
Growing up in central Victoria, the difference in landscape between the coast and country was vast and fascinating, and constantly inspiring with all the weird and wonderful things that would wash up from the deep.
After moving to Melbourne, beach holidays were more about relaxing, and taking a deep breath and enjoying nature.
I wanted to take a piece of that peace and tranquility to wear in my everyday city life, as a reminder of what I felt while near the ocean.
Without destroying and taking from nature, I decided to make my own coral ring form porcelain!
My ceramic pieces and drawings still stem and are inspired by the ocean, and the treasures it expels and hides in its depths. They grow and change when made into ceramics, with little quirk and twists added in.
I completed a bachelor of gold and silversmithing, and a diploma of visual arts, both at RMIT. My Dad taught me ceramics, and I now combine elements of All my studies to make wearable pieces and artworks.
I have been making porcelain jewellery and artworks for around 13 years.
-Katherine Wheeler is a Castlemaine based artist trained at RMIT University in gold and silversmithing and visual arts.
Having a dad who is a potter meant she grew up hand building with clay, and has now combined her artistic backgrounds to now mainly work with ceramics, creating detailled hand-built, bespoke jewellery, vessels and planters.
Katherine makes, and textures or hand paints each piece with special ceramic underglazes, making sure you get a truly original item.
Her range of one off pieces made in different clay bodies combine the wearable, useful and beautiful, and are all fired up to 1200-1300 degrees c to make them as durable as possible (though you will still have to be a little careful with your piece!)
The handpainted designs and editioned Giclee prints reflect the subtle details, colours and patterns in the natural environment, and reflect Katherine's love of beach combing.
All pieces are one of a kind, made with the utmost care, and with the intention that the right person will find, fit and treasure their chosen item for years to come.-