KATHY ERTEMAN (American, b. 1952)
Boat Vessel, 2022
Kathy Erteman (American, b. 1952) is a New York-based ceramic artist dividing her time between studios in New York City and the Hudson Valley. With a studio practice spanning more than 40 years, Erteman creates both functional and non-functional vessels as well as wall mounted compositions and installations. Employing technical expertise with a modernist aesthetic, her work demonstrates a reductive approach to formal composition resulting in works that are minimal in form activated by abstract surface decoration and subtle texture. Erteman describes her process and relationship to the medium, “As my craftsmanship skill increases my desire to control the process lessens. Control versus chance currently plays a larger role in my work as I to surrender to the process and allow the clay to speak more freely.”
Erteman, a Santa Monica, CA native, received her BFA in Ceramics from California State University Long Beach. After graduation she interned with Judy Chicago, working onThe Dinner Party ceramics. Erteman’s work has been exhibited internationally and is included in private and public collections including Renwick Gallery/Smithsonian Institute, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, Icheon World Ceramic Museum, and the SC Johnson Collection.