Cat Santos graduated from Central Saint Martin’s, London in 1981. She has had her own T-shirt printing business for 30 years using techniques such as silkscreen, monoprinting, linocut and etching. About ten years ago she took up ceramics and found how sympathetic the surface of clay is to taking print. She explores various techniques using slips, oxides and under glaze, from smooth white porcelain, to deliciously dark black clay or heavy, textured, grogged clay.
Cat states of her practice; In my T shirt printing it was important that all prints looked exactly the same, but in my more low-tech experimental ceramic printing, what I like is the inevitable unique details of each piece. Unlike printing on paper or fabric, the thrill of ceramics is the transformation of the materials in the kiln. Of course one gets to predict pretty well how the various materials will interact with each other and the heat, but there are always some surprises, and that’s what I like; it's as if some other hand has put the final touch to my work. My imagery is often about people in spaces and the scale of our environment. I try to capture moments of the wonder it is to live on this earth, as I grapple to comprehend all that science is teaching us about ourselves and our world…but not always is such a serious way…in an age-old ceramic tradition, I do like to add some humour to my images!
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