Leach Pottery, Deputy Studio Manager.
Kat Wheeler is a potter from Knoxville, Tennessee. In 2008, she received her B.F.A in Ceramics from the Appalachian Center for Crafts at Tennessee Tech University. While working towards her degree, Kat worked part time for two established studio potters, Peter Rose and Judy Brater. Under their guidance she helped fire the wood kiln and maintain the studio while learning studio practice and production techniques.
As a part of her coursework Kat completed a semester study abroad at the Australia National University in 2007, where she learned new kiln building and soda firing techniques. After completing her B.F.A, Kat came to St. Ives in 2009 to work at the Leach Pottery, where she is now the Deputy Studio Manager. Kat undertook a 10 week residency at the Hamada workshop in Mashiko in 2015. She has recently taken on a workshop space at the Gaolyard studios in St Ives, where she spends evenings and weekends creating her own range of work.