I am intrigued by contrast, the play of dark against light, the pull of empty space against the inclination to fill it up, the placement of line and shape, the use of subtle texture.
For the past six or so years I have worked almost exclusively in a palette of black and white in a conscious effort to simplify process and design. In the end, process is never simple and good design is always balanced and strong.
My current work is wheel-thrown and altered stoneware with slips, underglaze and glaze, and slab-built white stoneware with black stoneware inlay.
I am influenced by minimalist art and design and the long traditions of Asian pottery and British studio ceramics.
Lori Katz is well known for the striking strength and simplicity of her black and white dinnerware, wall installations and innovative teapot designs.
Her work has been included in definitive shows and collections throughout the world, including the American Craft Museum's "Tea Party" invitational, the permanent collections of the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts in Racine, Wisconsin, the US Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan and IBM Corporation. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Home and Design and Where magazines, and the book 500 Plates and Chargers.
Lori is an instructor in the Ceramics Departments of the Art League School in Alexandria, VA and the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, VA. She maintains her studio at The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.