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Kate McMillan

Artist Statement

The Pacific Northwest is rugged, cultured, diverse . . . and home.

I was locally sourced in Seattle's Mt. Baker Park community on the shore of Lake Washington. 

Raku is my primary medium. I hand-build or wheel-throw all of our ceramics, and create the raku glaze formulas. All of our tableware is fired with certified food-safe, commercial glaze.

My studio partner and I fire our work at Spirit Line Pottery studio.

Many of our 2019-2021 raku wall hangings and vases are from the series: 'Locally Sourced'

Enso (circle of life) is the symbol for the long and winding road of life paths-- longevity.

We've updated the famous Double Happiness symbol. 

Our "ginger jars" feature nested pairs of enso on rugged vases to symbolize long life and durable unions.

Our enso (circle of life) wall hangings are distressed ceramic sculptures mounted to handwoven textile panels. They represent natural beauty, and wish visitors long lives, filled with many happy, yet challenging adventures.

I co-own Spirit Line Pottery with my life partner, Al Bryant.

Al is a Seattle architect of 40-years, who worked with architect Ralph Anderson in Seattle during the 1970's. 'Northwest Style' aesthetic and architecture drives our studio.

The Northwest Style respects natural shapes, colors, textures, and features skylights, exposed beams and rockeries. All of our functional and fine art ceramics are designed to give harmonious relationships to interior and exterior space.

We believe happiness matters, and strong grassroots organizations benefit everyone.

We believe in the ripple effect of compassion.

Al and I support Pacific Northwest foodbanks and homeless shelters. 


I’m a self-taught ceramicist with a 25-year background in the food service industry.

Making the jump to ceramics in 2011 was a natural choice, as the kiln is an oven, the clay is dough, and glaze is formulated like sauce.

Bizen ware of the Momoyama Period, and Raku ware of the early Edo Period inspires my work. I (often) finish fine art pieces with blunt tools made from split wood or metal brackets (chattering tools). I prefer making primitive glazes with a few essential ingredients. I love Robert Sperry's use of black oxide and white porcelain slip on stoneware. I had the privilege of seeing a set of three such bowls during a curatorial tour of Seattle's famous pop-up @ Pivot Arts + Culture, given by Greg Bell in 2017.

In 2012, I took a 2-day, 16-hour raku seminar with ceramics masters: Gail and Robert Piepenburg, plus David Roberts in Seattle.

We have vases on permanent display in the front window of the Wild Ginger in Seattle.



November: 'Locally Sourced' Pop-Up Gallery @ Pacific NW Ballet, Seattle

February: Northwest Flower And Garden Show, Floral Competition

Washington State Convention Center, Seattle


September: Opened virtual art gallery

March 2nd: Jubilee Women's Center Spring Auction @ Axis Art Gallery, Seattle

February 7th-11th: Northwest Flower And Garden Show, Floral Competition

Washington State Convention Center, Seattle WA


July 28th-30th: Kingston Art Festival Juried Art Show & also in the Silent Auction

April & May 2017: Studio 227, Broadway Ave E, Seattle

March 1st-26th: A/NT Gallery, Seattle Center International Pavilion

January 3-30th: A/NT Gallery, Seattle Center International Pavilion


December 9th: PDL's Bureau of Arts & Culture in the King Street Station, Seattle

September: Fall Fest: Makers Market @ Second Use in Seattle

June: Goddess Festival in the NW African American Museum


November 1st-30th: Solo show @ Fremont Jewelry Design, Fremont Art Walk

2014: Northwest Orchid Society Group Show @ 2014 NW Flower & Garden Show

10' x 8' live art installation with 32 custom-designed hanging raku orchid pots.

We sell custom and stock ceramics all over the USA @

2015/2016 Rolling Bay Cafe carried our custom-made logo coffee mugs.

To date they've sold 200+ of our mugs, demitasse cups and tea bowls.

We participated in the Volunteer Park Conservatory Annual Plant Sales in 2014 & 2013

We participate in the Engles-Klann family's annual: Dine Out For Animals charity auction to benefit Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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