Kate Reynolds studied BA Three Dimensional Design in wood, metal, ceramics and plastics at Brighton Polytechnic (1980-83) and an MA in Ceramics at Cardiff Institute (1983-84).
She returned to her hometown, Ipswich, Suffolk in 1986, where she combined teaching at schools and colleges, with making and exhibiting in galleries around the UK. In 2012 Kate set up her studio at Holly Farm, Stutton, Suffolk, from there she became a full time artist.
Kate is the youngest daughter of the sculptor, Bernard Reynolds, who worked with Henry Moore as a student assistant, along with Bernard Meadows in late 1930s. Kate’s mother Gwynneth Reynolds (née Griffiths), was a student in 1950s, at The East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing, run by Cedric Morris and Arthur Lett-Haines. It was there that she met, and later married Bernard Reynolds.
Kate’s work is rooted in the influences of the visual world of art surrounding her in the home environment, while growing up. She portrays the forms and expression of the human subject in clay, sometimes reminiscent of Henry Moore, or with reference to African sculpture. The decorative art of the Omega workshops, the bold designs of Matisse, and the playful spontaneity of Picasso’s sculpture and paintings, also inform her work.