Kathleen Tennock


Kathleen was born in South Africa where she studied Fine Art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation. Even though she no longer lives there, the forms and textures of Africa can still be seen and felt all through her work.   “I feel very fortunate to have had a childhood in Africa, surrounded by the colour and rhythm of the African people”. Kathleen has always had a strong attraction to primitive art and it has had a big influence in her work.  “I love the simplicity of form and the two-dimensional quality of the designs that you see in traditional works of art.”


Kathleen now works primarily in clay. She prefers primitive methods of firing as she feels it is a more natural integration between form and surface than glaze; also it does not compromise the tactile quality of the clay, something that is very important to her in her pieces.  “I want my work to invite touch just as much as I want them to be visually pleasing” Most of her pieces are burnished to a high sheen and pit or sawdust fired. She has recently started experimenting with Naked Raku. Kathleen now lives in Whistler BC and although her work still shows a very strong African influence, she has definitely been inspired by her new West coast environment.  This inspiration gave birth to her most current series of black bears.