Catherine Rich

Lives and works in Pembrokeshire

Catherine throws and paints her pottery with gold and silver lustres to designs of her own, while inspired by Klimt.

Selected Works


Catherine read English Literature at Bristol University before teaching for many years in Cambridge. During this time she also pursued and developed her love of the decorative arts, selling her own silk paintings and embroideries.

On meeting Simon Rich she began to apply her skill to ceramics, her particular interest being in lustre work and enamels. The pieces are painted using real gold and platinum, and are fired three times. The turquoise and azurite pieces are thrown with stoneware clay. The white pieces are thrown with porcellainous clay, are lustred twice, and are fired four times. Her inspiration derives in part from the works of Gustav Klimt, but also from the symbols and motifs of the ancient world and the Orient.

The spiral holds a particular fascination for her, as it has many resonances in nature and layers of meaning, the chief of which is that in many cultures it is a pictorial representation of man’s quest for enlightenment.

Selected Exhibitions

With Jane Ray the artist at Primavera, Cambridge.
‘All fired up’ at the Montpellier Gallery, Stratford.
The Christmas Exhibition, the Bluestone Gallery, Devizes.
With Kim Taylor the artist, at Dick the Dog, Penzance.
Ambiente Exhibitions, Japan.
The Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven.

The Collection Adolf Egner, European Ceramics since 1995, Koln, Germany.