Catherine Bridget Phillips completed her studies in Contemporary Crafts and Products at Buckinghamshire New University in 2016, specialising in Ceramics and Glass. Upon graduation, her colourful Pick n’ Mix Prosecco glasses and her interest in colour won her a nod from the Contemporary Glass Society’s Graduate Review. Her degree brought glassblowing into focus for her, after a glimpse during her A-Levels where she also started developing her interest in ceramics. Craft was a perfect marriage of her interests in art and design, bringing an arm's length understanding of the medium up close.
Phillips is driven by the need to channel her passion into creativity and craft, the discovery in the making process, and use of her hands. Her work is heavily influenced by her extensive travels across North and South America, particularly the colours and vibrancy of Peru and Chile. After almost a decade working in the restaurant industry prior to undertaking her degree, she has developed bodies of work that are focused on tableware and the need to bring people together.
Catherine moved into her studio at Commercial Square in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire in November 2016 and since then has been continuing to learn and develop her skills in both ceramics and glass, moving more to the ‘one-off’ with a growing interest in sculpture.
Her interests within the field not only stop at designing and making, but into promotion, selling and exhibiting as well as assisting other artists in their Studios. She has worked for the Crafts Council, London Craft Week, Just Got Made, glass artist Cathryn Shilling and at the prestigious gallery, London Glassblowing. Catherine is currently working as an Art Technician in a school, continuing her passion for creative education.