Raised on the wind-swept and rain-soaked Isle of Man, potter Katy Mitchell produces functional tableware intended to be used and embraced in daily life. Her contemporary wheel-thrown forms are illustrated with delicate and colourful designs inspired by the beauty (and oddity) of the environment in which she finds herself, be that her island home or adopted homeland of Australia.
After studying and working for five years on Australia's Gold Coast, Katy returned home to the Isle of Man in 2013. She quickly re-established her studio practice, with the support of a small business start-up scheme and the Isle of Man Arts Council. In 2016 Katy was selected to participate in the inaugural mentorship programme organised by the Craft Potters Association, in partnership with Adopt a Potter. 2018 saw a return to Australia, and she is now based in Halls Gap, Victoria. Katy was a successful applicant in the Foundry658 creative industries bootcamp (cohort 1).
Her work is available to purchase through her online shop, as well as at festivals and markets around Victoria. To learn how to commission a bespoke piece please get in touch.
Photo: Lara Connors