Kathleen Kler Fine Art
For over 60 years, Kathleen’s hands have been busy…mudpies and piano lessons as a child, kneading bread and noodles with her grandmother, mothering sons and nursing the abused and dying, gardening and building homes with her love -the talented woodworker, David Haakenson.
On a solitary retreat along the Washington Coast, her hands discovered their voice in clay. Bodies, faces, masks, mystical animals began to take form and find homes on the desks of therapists and psychologists, on memorial altars, in meditative gardens. Since then, over one thousand pieces have left her studio and live quietly and provocatively…she feels the clay gives voice to messages that have no words, and often are not meant for her to hear. Nothing refreshes her spirit more than someone discovering a piece, holding it, and then taking it home.
Her palette is subdued, reflecting the shadows and colors of the earth. Many pieces are rubbed with beeswax while still warm from the kiln. Her scale is small…hand sized, pulling the viewer into an intimate relationship with the details that are left from the process – a thumbprint,a torn edge, the choice of the fire.
The magic of precious metal clay expanded her work into fine silver jewelry and ceremonial art pieces. She weaves silver wire into chain, and often uses her unique, handcrafted porcelain beads as accents. And to discover metal clay paper that folds into origami… she fashions small boxes, and the shimmering silver cranes of hope and beauty!
It is all gift…especially your time spent visiting DoeRun Studios. Thank you!