About Kate Egawa
Kate Egawa's childhood in the multicultural area of Handsworth, Birmingham inspired an awareness of world cultures. This enthusiasm was realised by travel in India, Europe and America, during which Kate developed her interest in different artistic traditions.
In 1998, Kate moved to Japan and worked in the studio of a local ceramic artist based in Seto City, the place where ceramics first originated in Japan. Returning to the UK to work at Wolverhampton University, she specialised in bronze casting but was still interested in ceramics, particularly in raku; a glaze technique achieved outdoors.
About raku, Kate writes...
I am drawn to the fragility of the resulting work and its spontaneous, unpredictable qualities. There is much excitement in unearthing the buried work at the end of the firing, like an archaeological treasure.
Bronze Figure 
Donated by the artist, 2012