LocationOrr's Island, ME
Catherine Gibson began working in clay as a student and Ceramics teaching assistant at the Manchester NH Institute of Arts and Sciences, then continued her art education at the University of New Hampshire. After moving to Maine in 1978, while working in another field, she continued her studies at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Snow Farm, and coursework at Maine College of Art. In 2019 she participated in the “Low-Fire Love” summer residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts.
Catherine’s work has been shown in juried and member exhibits in Maine at the River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta, Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery in Portland, Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Boothbay Region Arts Foundation, and the 2013 & 2015 Area Artists Juried Biennial Exhibitions at the Atrium Gallery, USM Lewiston/Auburn. Many of her pieces are in private collections in mid-coast Maine and beyond. Catherine’s studio and kilns are on Orr’s Island where she lives with her artist/painter husband, Robert Gibson.
She begins each piece as an expression of a concept she wants to explore. The vessel as metaphor for the feminine is a common thread. Using her own reclaimed clay, she adds fiber and other materials which burn out or melt in firing, contributing to the unique character of each piece. Her vessels are lightweight with thin walls and minimal but beautiful surface treatment. Most pieces are often burnished and finished with terra sigillata, stains, lusters, and sometimes smoke.