10. The Last Tree
By Kate Rattray
Ceramic and glass
Kate makes bold and dynamic glass and ceramic mosaics, ranging from small pieces of jewellery to large sculptures. Her work is narrative, as well as decorative, and often inspired by nature, myth, legends and folk tales. She made this sculpture seat in response to ‘ash dieback’, a disease which is killing off our ash trees in the UK as well as abroad.
In their own words ...
I made this sculpture seat in response to ‘ash dieback’, a disease which is killing off our ash trees in the UK as well as abroad. I used symbols and runes from Norse mythology which tell the story of ‘Yggdrasil’ (the ash) and the part it played in ‘Ragnarok’ (the events leading to the Apocalypse).
I am inspired by nature and myth to make works in a contemporary folk narrative style. My pieces are often mysterious, decorative, and full of energy and colour. Having grown up in the countryside, I have always had a deep respect for nature. Since I was very young I have been fascinated with ancient myths, legends and tales that take their very essence from nature.
I am an award winning artist, living and working in rural Somerset. I make bold and dynamic glass and ceramic mosaics, ranging from small pieces of jewellery to large sculptures. I work in both 2 and 3 dimensions creating works of art for indoor and outdoor spaces.
After completing a foundation art diploma at Somerset College of Arts and Technology, I enrolled on a Creative Arts degree course in Cheshire, where I could experiment in various media including dance, photography, painting, performance and video. I graduated in 1989 and continued to make and exhibit surreal and mysterious art works using collage and photo-montage, my chosen media in the final year.
Several years later I made my first large scale mosaic on an outdoor wall of a primary school with help from the children. I found I loved the tactile and beautiful nature of mosaic art: the messy gloop of cement mortar and the reflective qualities of glass. Since then I have developed my skills and my style through experimentation, persistence, and obsession, and by studying with mosaic masters.
I am a professional member of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen and the British Association for Modern Mosaic. I exhibit my work internationally and am gaining interest from collectors worldwide.