Katherine Sandnas is an internationally-recognized ceramic artist. An impressive yet reserved woman, she is a remarkable blend of cross-cultural and historical experiences.
Integrity and purpose guide Katherine in all her endeavors, whether she’s creating artwork, digging in her garden, teaching a class, or preparing a meal. Born in Minnesota in the early 1950s, she began her relationship with the visual arts at an early age, experimenting in many mediums. She later began working with clay, establishing a steadfast commitment as a ceramic artist and educator.
education began at Hibbing Community College with William Goodman,
a mentor and powerful influence. Goodman received his MFA at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison; ceramics is one of his specialties.
Katherine completed her bachelor’s degree at the University
of Minnesota, Duluth. During graduate school at the University of
Wisconsin-Superior, Katherine studied Japanese art, visiting master
potters, ancient firing sites, museums, and galleries during a study
visit to Japan. Later, she returned to Japan for an artist residency
at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, where she studied, worked,
This reconnection with Japanese culture strengthened her convictions
and directed her life and work. When she returned to the United
States, she received a fellowship to work and study with Richard
Bresnahan, legendary teacher/potter, who studied with the Nakazato
family in Japan.
Katherine synthesized cross-cultural, prehistoric influences into
an artistic expression that continues to grow. Primitive figures
and platters are her signature pieces. Her works are glaze-free
in an almost casual manner both primal and organic in nature. Her
work utilizes subdued and earthy colors. Her powerful sculptural
works are alluring female figures. Katherine’s devotion to
the human condition, in particular the female form, is a study devoted
to the sacredness, beauty, mystery, and calming effects of the human
The incredible body of work Katherine has created, includes two
and three-dimensional work in bronze and iron. Her works are exhibited
in American and Asian museums and institutions.
A unique blend of cultural and historical influences are evident
in Katherine’s approach to life, clay, and teaching. Anyone
reflecting on her work recognizes that she is at peace with self,
totally committed to her work, and at one with her medium. This
quiet unity of artist and material is a rare and powerful vision
Katherine enriches and inspires the lives of her students and fellow
artists. Through her work, she encourages them to live with greater
commitment and to listen, learn, and create through life’s
lessons. An educator who has worked and studied in a variety of cultural
settings, she believes the real testament of her accomplishment
as an artist and teacher is in the lives she has touched.
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