“Living a creative life has been as important to me as breathing in an out for as long as I can remember. And it seems that some of my earlier efforts of drawing, painting and glass work has translated directly into my clay. Although many arts intrigue me and challenge me, clay is the true passion. Being a life student of clay offers me a life of learning and growing.”
Kim Norris has worked in clay since 1991 and she has taught for almost 10 years. Kim’s work tends to be lead by nature, and color seems to be of the utmost importance. She loves to explore all the ranges of clay for herself as well as with her students.
The potters wheel is Kim’s first love. However as the years go by she finds that hand building and sculpting are just as intriguing, and many times works these in conjunction with her thrown forms. Being instructed by some of the best clay artists of current times her work continues to be charged with new influences. But nothing more so than the world around her. Despite living in the city Kim has created an oasis of nature around her studio, complete with a pond, gardens and wildlife. Much of this environment finds it’s way back into her work. This organic process of following a path in her art makes her excited about her future.
Kim Norris’ work offers rich examples of the beauty of functional art. You may find yourself eating off one of Kim’s beautiful platters, serving spices from her delightful “Word Bowls”, or sipping morning coffee while reading the thoughts she inscribes on the sides of her aptly named “Muse Mugs”. Her pieces are elegantly simple and organic, no straight lines in sight. Custom colors and glazes are a signature of Kim’s pottery, adding rich tones to all of her work, from the rustic ochres of her bowls to the vivid turquoise enamels of her platters.