Artist of the Month at Mirva Gallery, St Ives
February 2018 - Kim Potter Art
Kim's artistic career started when she left school at 15 and joined world famous ceramics company Royal Doulton as an apprentice 'Paintress'. For those of you not familiar with Stoke-on-Trent and 'The Potteries', a Paintress was someone who hand painted figurines, ‘flatware’ such as plates and character or ‘Toby' jugs.After serving her apprenticeship, Kim worked in ‘the Pots’ as the industry is known locally, for most of her career, moving between many well known studios such as Aynsley China and Wedgwood. Kim mainly painted figurines, honing her ability to paint unbelievably thin strokes of vivid colour combined with complex patterns and subtle shading.
Although no longer working as a professional ceramic artist, Kim channelled her creative energy into becoming a talented watercolourist and more recently has expanded her media to include Oils and Acrylics.
Throughout Kim’s life she has been drawn to nature, to the sea and more specifically to the beautiful coastline of Cornwall, she says, as a young girl, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up her answer was invariably 'a mermaid'!