Before we headed to LA in June, I’d made myself a ‘To Do’ list of places to go and people to see. Right near the top of that list was “Meet Kat & Roger“, because I am a huge fan of their work.
Roger Lee has a fine arts ceramics background, while his wife Kat Hutter is a painter. Their collaborative project is called Kat & Roger, where Roger makes the shapes and Kat paints the colours, together producing practical, useable, and simply beautiful ceramic vessels.
The day we arrived, I spotted my first Kat & Roger work in real life, at Free City, just off Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach, and then again at General Store on Lincoln Blvd, and at Individual Medley in Atwater too. I couldn’t believe how beautiful and sturdy and lovely their things are, and I got even more excited about meeting the pair behind some of the most beautiful, bold and original contemporary ceramics I’ve encountered.
Near the end of our trip, Paul and I made our way to the Kat & Roger studio in Mount Washington, north east LA, where we were given such a warm welcome by this delightful pair, who are as colourful, strong, honest and sturdy as any of the lovely things they make.
We also met the third member of the studio, called Sugaree.
While we were chatting, Kat and Roger very kindly allowed me to take some snaps of what was going on in the studio that day.
Roger was working on some pieces for a solo ceramics show coming up, and he was also keeping his commercial eye on the game, sketching up ideas for planters, while Kat was working on new pattern ideas for painting onto vases, bowls, planters, bird feeders, etc.
She paints everyting freehand, folks! Freehand!!
Thanks so much for your warm welcome, guys. I do so wish we didn’t live continents away, because a cup of green tea at your studio could become a very regular part of my routine.