Katy Galbraith

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Katy Galbraith

Katy Galbraith

Ceramic, Sculpture, Glass

Perthshire
United Kingdom


Galleries

Introduction

Working with a variety of recycled materials, my mosaics reflect my love of garden landscapes and the natural world.  From decorative pieces to functional art, garden tables to wall mirrors, bathroom or kitchen splashbacks to garden sculpture, made in my "Bothy in the Garden" in Perthshire.

Introduction

Working with a variety of recycled materials, my mosaics reflect my love of garden landscapes and the natural world.  From decorative pieces to functional art, garden tables to wall mirrors, bathroom or kitchen splashbacks to garden sculpture, made in my "Bothy in the Garden" in Perthshire.

Statement

Working in my dry-stone lined bothy in the garden, with views over the hills, I am frequently inspired by this landscape which is reflected in my mosaics.  Flowers in abundance feature in the majority of my exhibition pieces, as well as in private commissions.  While many of my pieces are considered ‘decorative art’, I also enjoy making mosaics with a more practical purpose such as mirrors, table tops and garden items.

In producing my mosaics, I aim to be true to myself and my interest in recycling and sustainability by incorporating many recycled materials, including those representing me and my home town of Crieff, Perthshire (Crieff Pottery whisky jugs; remnants from a local fused glass artist, wine bottle glass and broken car windows for example). The surface used for many of my mosaics originates from discarded kitchen units. Recycled materials stimulate many of my ideas in mosaic pieces that I have done, and as a consequence my greenhouse is now filled with china, glass and decorative ceramic ornaments rather than plants!  

Biography

 Education       

  • Attended an introduction to Mosaic design & Construction Class, Jan Kilpatrick of Wild Tiles in 2001.  Since then, I have facilitated classes in Crieff, with Jan as the tutor, so my learning has been ongoing over several years. The range of weekend classes now include Indoor Mosaic; Outdoor Mosaics and 2D Garden Mosaics. Five day ‘masterclasses’ include making tabletops and garden sculpture
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies 1988 (Thames Polytechnic)
  • B grade, A-level art

Commissions 

  • 2013  Bathroom mosaic in Edinburgh, measuring 60cm x 2500cm, made of broken ceramic and tile. Some glass detail.  Created in my workshop and installed over two days.
  • 2013  100 Thistles inset into metalwork at James Square in Crieff. Made of hand cut glass
  • 2013  Tree of Life hexagonal tabletop, a wedding present commission incorporating glass and ceramic
  • 2012 Garden table
  • 2011  Floral mirror; dimensions 50cm diameter, made with vintage glass vases and bonbon dishes, recycled ceramics and other wastage
  • 2011  Giraffe mosaic, 50cm x 35cm, a wedding present commission incorporating wine bottle glass, broken car windows with a sweet wrapper collage below, fused glass wastage and crockery
  • 2011  mosaic pillar top balls, by Crieff; hand made cement balls, decorated with stained glass wastage and Crieff Pottery whisky jugs
  • 2011  mosaic bike shop sign, Comrie Croft, 100cm x 100cm, made with wastage from the Crieff Pottery
  • 2007  Crieff Hotel Oyster Bar, Fish Triptych made with ceramic wastage, ceramic tile and mosaics on slate
  • 2007  mosaic Hairy Coo bike trail sign at Comrie Croft, made on a reclaimed pool table base incorporating broken crockery, mirror and beer bottle glass. 

INTERESTS

 

·      Travel: I love exploring new cultures and landscapes.  The most memorable of my travels was motor biking in India with our two children

·      Reading: I have been a member of a reading group for 12 years

·      Tennis: I am an active member of our local club, and play in one of the teams

·      Galleries & Exhibitions: special interest in the applied arts

·      Gardening: I have a large garden with extensive borders which inspire me in my mosaics

CAREER 

  • July 1999 – 2012, Proprietor of Galvelmore House B&B
  • 2006 and 2007, Market Manager, Crieff Monthly Markets
  • March 2002 – January 2009, Coordinator, Crieff & Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst
  • July 1999 – September 2004, Relief Library Assistant, Crieff Library
  • February 1994 – June 1999, Club Stewardess, Lenzie Golf Club
  • October 1989 – February 1993, Development Officer, University of Edinburgh