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 on Australia's Gold Coast, Katy returned home to the Isle of Man in 2013 to establish her studio practice. In the following five years Katy collaborated with the Island's best food and drink start-ups, cultural institutions and private clients. 2018 saw a return to Australia to gain permanent residency, and she is now based in Halls Gap, Victoria. Katy was a successful applicant in the Foundry658 creative industries bootcamp (cohort 1).
Katy launched a subscription service through Patreon in 2019, to invest in experimental projects. Her pots are also 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