Katy West, originally from Dublin, studied ceramics at The Glasgow School of Art (1999). Post graduating she managed and worked at Fireworks Studio producing work for sale and developing projects to showcase her own and her contemporaries work. Notable projects include New Souvenirs at Urban Outfitters, Buchanan Street and an exhibition of work from Fireworks Studio in Bazouges le Peruse, France for a festival celebrating independent arts organisations from Glasgow.
Since studying for an MA in Applied Arts at the RCA (2007) West has developed parallel careers as a designer and curator, linked by her interest in objects - their history, meaning, function and application.
Her studio practice has involved working with Panel on Scotland Can Make It! developing a souvenir to celebrate the Commonwealth Games 2014. Other projects include commissions for the National Trust at Stowe, and projects and products developed for exhibition and for sale through her own website.
In recent years West has undertaken research trips to India and China, investigating craft production, the culture that surrounds designing and making, and the markets that support this. In 2011 she was Artist in Resident at AIT, Tokyo exploring the unique cultural landscape of Japan. Other residency projects include Cove Park (2007) and Make/Works Tour (2013)
Her work has been included in a number of publications including Contemporary Ceramics by Emmanuel Cooper, Thames & Hudson (2009), Independent Design Guide, Thames & Hudson (2009) by Laura Houseley and many periodicals including Elle Deco, Crafts Magazine and Wallpaper.
Year Established: April 2002
2013 British Ceramics Biennial Award Exhibition
2011 Homes and Gardens Lighting Award
2009 Best Newcomer Icon Design Awards (short-listed)
Arts Initiative Tokyo Residency, Japan: January – March 2012
Scottish Arts Council Research Tour India: - November 2011
British Council Tour of China: October 2011
Cove Park Residency: 2011, 2007
Crafts Council of Ireland (2011) Modern Languages, K.West
Thames & Hudson (2009) Contemporary Ceramics, E.Cooper
Thames & Hudson (2009) Independent Design Guide, L. Houseley
Barron’s (2007) Ceramics Design Course, A. Quinn