"Animals are the bridge between us and the beauty of all that is natural. They show us what's missing in our lives, and how to love ourselves more completely and unconditionally. They connect us back to who we are, and to the purpose of why we're here." - Trisha McCagh
Kay’s journey with clay started at school where she was drawn to sculpture and ceramics more than any other art form. After gaining an Art A level, Kay’s career choice saw her move to London where she began a successful career in the events industry. During this time Kay took numerous courses and studied with admired sculptors and ceramic artists, always striving to improve her artistic and creative skills and honing her process. Since 2013, Kay has made significant changes to her career and life-style to enable her to increase the time she spends in her studio with the ultimate goal of becoming a full-time ceramic artist and sculptor.
Kay discovered her love for animals at an early age. Growing up in semi-rural South Wales, Kay’s first love came into her life at the age of four when her father accepted a pony as payment for a car he had sold. This 10.2 skewbald dynamo called Paint, ignited her lifelong love of horses with most childhood summers spent haring around the Welsh countryside. Add to that the numerous cats, dogs, ducks, chickens, turkeys, pigeons, ferrets, cows and goats, there was never any doubt that animals would always be a huge part of Kay’s life.
Kay uses many different materials in her process, working with wire, fabric, paper and clay to create the main body of her work. Each piece is uniquely created and finished by hand. Kay uses acrylics paints, slips, stains, oxides, underglazes and waxes to bring unique character and personality to each sculpture.
Combining both her passions Kay's figurative work mainly focuses on creatures with fur or feathers, although humans do feature occasionally. Recent projects have explored the relationship between humans and animals, and creatures British in history and myth.