|Cathy Broski’s work is steeped in archetypal
and personal symbolism. Figures, houses, boats and pottery are
all vessels to contain things we hold dear, and sometimes those
things we would cast off. She chose these forms to work with
because they have several levels of meaning she finds intriguing
to explore. The surfaces reflect her experience and attitude.
Cathy loves the idea of found objects, because of their wear
and the marks of their journeys. She looks at people in much
the same way. When she goes to a museum or a home and sees
these objects put into a special environment they are reborn.
To accomplish this in her own work, she uses a layering technique.
By using the figure as a three-dimensional canvas, the eye
will travel completely around the surface. This helps to enhance
the pattern or surprise in a story. Each piece begins on the
potter’s wheel or with slabs. The piece grows with the
application of coils or additional slabs. When each piece
is completed, Cathy carves the surface and lets it dry. The
base color is applied and fired. Once the first firing is
complete, she applies and wipes off a combination of terra
sigilattas, slips, stains and glazes, then fires again. This
process is repeated until she achieves the desired effect.