Katharina Roth, ceramics


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Although I started out making functional table ware, I stumbled upon hand building during a class at NAU, and I discovered the freedom that goes along with it. I have enjoyed working with hand built porcelain ever since and am constantly exploring new forms and ways of expressing.


Working on my pieces is a deeply meditative process. While I create each fold I explore the stories there are – in me and outside of myself. My preferred medium is porcelain because of its pure properties.

In my early work I used to leave the surface unglazed like a fresh canvas on which a new story can be written. Since my residency in China I use oxides, decals, and luster to underline the complexities of life.


I was born and raised in Switzerland, where I studied art history at the university of Basel. After having spent several years in Northern Germany and Munich I moved to the United States in 1992.

In the US I learned jewelry making and metal smithing and worked for several years in that field. Curiosity is a driving force in my life and that led me to go back to college. In spring of 2015 I received a BFA from Northern Arizona University with focus on Ceramics, Sculpture, and Printmaking. My work has been exhibited in several shows.

Besides working in my studios in McCall and Sedona, Arizona, I enjoy outdoor activities, knitting, baking, and spending time with my husband and our two cats.