My art seems to be an infinite journey. When I stop and look at the road I've traveled so far, I can see that each of my works is just a breadcrumb I've left behind - not so much so I can find my way back, as to show where I've been, and where I still need to go.
Typically, animals - both real and imagined - are my subject. From quick clay sketches just for the mud pie joy of it, to commentary on the interesting times we live in, they work for me.
My name is Cathi Newlin.
I've been drawing and creating for most of my life. As a teen, I painted Christmas scenes on store windows for extra money. I studied drawing, printmaking, sculpture and ceramic arts at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Ca, American River College in Sacramento, Ca. and Southern Utah University, though I think its my love of animals and my years as a zookeeper that most inform my work.
In 2004 I began my life in clay in earnest by apprenticing to Master Potter Darlene Beverlin, and have been taking some time to develop my own aesthetic and voice. Beginning in 2011, I began transitioning from functional pottery to sculptural ceramics and have been exploring that medium ever since.
Currently, I work primarily in earthenware clay, with oxides and underglazes, throwing in some mixed media as needed. I fire both in a conventional downdraft kiln and several alternative firing methods, including American Raku and obvara.