“Striving to show the essence of people in action motivates me. To capture human gestures, I draw and sculpt directly on clay wall pieces and vessels while observing a live model.”
Kathy Mommsen is a ceramic artist who lives and works in Minneapolis, MN. She received her BS from DePaul University, Chicago, IL, in 1977, and her MA in Ceramics from University of Minnesota – Duluth in 1984. She has taken many ceramic classes from UMN and Northern Clay Center, both Minneapolis. In 2014, she interned with ceramicist Marino Moretti of Orvieto, Italy. Mommsen left teaching high school ceramics six years ago to establish a studio/gallery in the Northrup King Building called clay@3. In her work, she combines her ceramics background with her interest in observational drawing.
“I am a ceramic artist. I have created both ceramic vessels and ceramic wall pieces. I use a process called Black Maiolica glazing. I begin with flat slabs of red earthenware clay. I draw on the surface while observing live dancers in my studio at three different times in the process. First an incised line in wet clay, secondly a wax drawing on the black glaze and finally the color over the white glaze.
Striving to show the essence of people in action motivates me. To capture human gestures, I draw and sculpt directly on clay wall pieces and vessels while observing a live model. Having live dancers allows me to keep the work raw.”
Most recently, Mommsen has exhibited at Atelier957, St. Paul, MN (2019, solo); Owatonna (MN) Center for Arts Gallery (2019, solo); Lakes and Legend Brewing, Minneapolis (2019, juried); Northrup King Building (2019, juried; 2017, solo); Ridgedale Center/Minnetonka Center for the Arts (2017-2019, juried); Edina (MN) Art Center (2018, juried); and Art@Bridgewater Lofts, Minneapolis (2018, juried). She received Artist Initiative Grants from MN State Arts Board in 2018 and 2016. Her work has been collected by Cedarwood Foundation and Hennepin County Medical Center.