Kate Sprengnether was born in St. Louis, Mo., and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a B.A. in art from Ursuline College, in Cleveland, and an M.F.A. in ceramics from Syracuse University. Kate resides in Lexington with her husband, artist Kurt Gohde, and their two children. She currently works for the Kentucky Arts Council, and previously worked for other arts organizations, including the Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington Art League, Tuska Center for Contemporary Art at U.K., and as the Public Art Coordinator for the Legacy Trail. In her spare time she enjoys visiting galleries and art museums, reading, cooking, writing and working in her studio. Seed pods, water-worn stones and seashells fill the small spaces around her studio and serve as inspiration for the shapes and textures in her work.
This is what I like:
The color green
Organs of flowers
River rocks and seashells
The curves of the human body
Luscious glaze drips on pottery
Hills and mountains and sand dunes
Seed pods, eggs, cocoons, nests, and wombs
Collections of things, in neat and precise arrangements
Marks made in the snow or sand by plants, blown in the wind
The shapes of fruits and vegetables, and their hidden interiors
As the author Leslie Dick said (when answering the question What is an artist?): the artist is “materializing—taking something from the inside and putting it out into the world so [they] can be relieved of it.”
This is what I attempt to do with my work.
Getting Started in Clay
From 50-300 Pieces