Katherine Hackl established her studio in Lambertville, NJ in 1994. She specializes in handmade pottery and custom decorative tile for public and private installations. The pottery work employs a distinctive black and tan sgraffito technique that results in bold, playful images of plants, animals, patterns and stories. Katherine looks to create work that feels refined, yet never loses the distinctive look and feel of a truly handmade piece. The balance of form, the texture of the carving and the variations of design from piece to piece all make these collections uniquely interesting.
New this year to Katherine’s traditional line of sgraffito pottery is a series of porcelain pieces with delicate brushwork. This new body of work has a lighter look, taking advantage of the purity of the dense white porcelain clay. These porcelain pieces are an ideal painting surface for the lively ink-like brush strokes. She has developed a dinnerware series based on varied images of crops. Designs of wheat, oats, millet or rice gracefully frame a plate, or envelop a bowl.