Kate Collins

“I am completely self taught and I only began to paint seriously when my children were toddlers, I was in my twenties. During this time I designed some greetings cards for the Medici Society in London, and Camden Graphics, and then started to exhibit in various galleries in the North West, including Tib Lane in Manchester where I had a one woman show in the 1970’s. I then had another solo exhibition in Liverpool at the Medici Gallery in Liverpool which was a great success, and later on at the Stockport Memorial Art Gallery where I exhibited paintings and ceramics.

My work has been described as Naive, all I can say is that I have not tried to paint any other way. I suppose my career has spanned around 40 years, so I have tried many different mediums. At one stage I joined the British Egg Tempera Society, and have exhibited in their mixed exhibitions in London. Since then I have had paintings hung in many mixed exhibitions, including The Great British Art Show, GMex and the Buy Art Fair Manchester.

Not only do I paint in oils in the traditional way, but my passion is painting on white ware ceramics, for example Wedgewood and Ainsley, purchased from the factory shops. I started doing this about twenty five years ago, when I collected antique china, and stumbled across the Wedgewood Fairyland Lustre, which I admired so much. I then decided that I wanted to produce something similar, and set out to learn all the techniques of how to deal with lustres – a precious metal available in many beautiful colours, including gold and platinum.

It has been a very slow process indeed, because I have had to buy a kiln and completely relearn painting techniques to accomodate the shiny surface. Now I have reached a point where I am able to translate my designs on to bowls, vases, tiles etc.

It is the freedom of creating images in freehand, which I enjoy most of all.
And of course each piece is unique.”