Kate Mitchell is a multi-disciplinary glass artist who works with both cast and blown glass. After graduating from Elam in 2015, Kate has since been working at Lukeke Design, an Auckland based casting and blowing studio. It is through Kate’s role as studio assistant, that has equipped her with a vast array of skills, which in turn, has helped establish herself as an independent glass artist.
Over the past 6 years of working for Lukeke Design, Kate has been fortunate enough to attend glass workshops with the team in Prague, Murano, Australia, and Shanghai. She also independently attended a workshop at Pilchuck Glass school in Seattle in 2019. Each experience further igniting Kate’s passion for glass whilst broadening her knowledge of the material and its different applications and processes across the world.
The concept of Kate’s practice is to construct objects which challenge the materials in which they are normally represented in. By translating objects into glass sculptures, she attempts to strip back their original function, purpose and meaning. It is through this juxtaposition of original material with the cast item, that the inherent qualities of glass help create a new framework of meaning surrounding the objects.
Kate’s current works, The Facecloth and The Glass Bra, are an investigation into materiality. Both works facilitate a conversation between the opposing materials; glass and fabric. Through the process of lost wax casting, Kate has captured each article in crystal glass, stripping them from their original function. In turn, this ultimately highlights the movement, texture and formation of the fabric through the translucent, shiny and detailed nature of cast glass.