Artist: Kirsty Kash
Kirsty Kash, Manitoba
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Kirsty Kash is a ceramic artist now living in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her family. With no post-secondary ceramics program available in Edmonton, Kirsty worked to create her own ceramic education over the last dozen years by taking weekly classes, attending workshops and learning through books, videos and magazines. Now, she attends art school part-time at the University of Manitoba with a goal to round out her knowledge and skills. Through her work she explores gender roles and the never-ending fight for gender equality.
My work features wheel-thrown porcelain and curved forms. Each piece is carved and inlaid with gradients of vibrant colour. By interacting with rims, feet and handles in unexpected way, my carving portrays women who are connecting and expanding their influence on the world around them. I think of my pots as touchpoints, signals of encouragement and acceptance that I am sending out into the world.