Catherine White teaches ceramics at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and at Hood College in Frederick, MD, in addition to her full-time studio. She has taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts in Spruce Pine, NC, and elsewhere. Her work has been shown in over 70 exhibitions in Washington, New York, and other cities. Since 1983, Ms. White has had yearly commissions to make pottery for OMEN, a restaurant in Soho, New York City. Commissions in 2010 included poem plates that were given by President Obama to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia; and tea canisters made for the First Lady, Michelle Obama, as gifts for diplomatic spouses in honor of the 65th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly. Ms. White has work in the collections of the Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian American Art Museum), Washington, D.C. and The Sackler Gallery of Asian Art, Washington, D.C.
Seeking a poetic language of material, shape and surface, Ms. White's vases, plates, bowls, and cups abstractly refer to the landscape through the raw materials she collects and transforms by considered manipulations of clay bodies and firing effects. Each piece has markings and irregularities that intentionally reveal the touch of the artist's hand. Recent series of plate sets reveal a painterly transformation of shadow and contourspecific layerings of atmosphere, terrain, and light. Clay processes are also intertwined with extensive drawing, painting, and collaging on paper. Ms. White lives and works in Warrenton, Virginia as an artist potter.