About Kay Austen

Artist's Statement

When a student, in the hazy distant days beyond recall, I designed pots on graph paper using only geometric shapes – squares, circles, rectangles and  triangles.  My task was to turn these silhouettes into concrete pieces. That exercise, and the lessons I learned from it have stayed with me throughout my potting career.

I start with strong thrown or hand built forms, based on classical or traditional shapes. Through altering either in an unobtrusive and subtle way, or radically changing the whole shape by cutting and reforming, the static piece takes on a direction or rhythm uniquely its own.
The emotional impact of colour and the subtleties of levels of texture all play a part towards the power of the finished piece.



2 years Foundation Course
Medway College of Art and Design. Rochester, Kent U.K.

Bachelor of Arts in Ceramics, Upper Second division.
Wolverhampton University, West Midlands, U.K.

Post Graduate Teacher Training.
Sussex University, Brighton, Sussex U.K.