Katherine Houston is a living artist working in an 18th century technique, adapting the techniques and masterful creations of the past with a 21st century approach to design and technicality. She is one of the few artists in the world carrying on a tradition of hand sculpting hard paste porcelain, decorated with a broad range of color overglazes. She uses only 18th century colors in her work.
Ms. Houston is directly influenced by ancient Imperial and Chinese wares and those of 18th century Meissen and Sèvres. Her work is predominantly botanical themes – fruits, vegetables, leaves and flowers. Her painstaking attention to detail, her devotion to the exploration of color and depth of palette, and her earthy yet elegant designs have established her as a preeminent artist in the field.
Ms. Houston has lectured and demonstrated her technique around the country in numerous museums and associations: Bayou Bend, Houston, TX; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; RISDI, Providence, RI; Museum of Art, Kalamazoo, MI and Charlotte, NC; Hartford Athenaeum, Hartford, CT; Peabody Essex, Salem, MA; Philadelphia Garden Show in PA; NYU and many others.
She has regularly exhibited at the New York Ceramics Fair; the Palm Beach Art and Antiques Show, the Baltimore Art and Antique Show, and also in Greenwich, CT, Winterthur, DE and Philadelphia, PA. She participated in the American Craft Council show in Baltimore 2016.
The decorative porcelain art work of Katherine Houston is collected throughout the United States, in Europe, South America, and Japan. Her work can be seen in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, which houses an internationally acclaimed porcelain collection. Her work can also be seen at the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut. Ms. Houston has been commissioned by The White House to create an exclusive work of art – an authentic ‘American Pumpkin’ – to be used as State Department gifts. She is a 2005 recipient of a Distinguished Women’s Award bestowed annually by Northwood University to women who are outstanding in their fields.
Her work has been represented by Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Gumps, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Scully and Scully. Her works are available through this website.
*Currently Katherine Houston Porcelain is not available in retail stores. All work may be purchased directly from the studio. Commissioned work is welcome. Email: info@katherinehouston .com