Kate Braine  

"I have always been fascinated by the many species of creatures beneath the sea that man still has no chance of seeing. I allow my imagination to run wild, imagining what monsters or sea creatures could be lurking in the depth of the ocean. All my pots are based around plants, monsters and sea creatures and I try to bring them to life through my pottery. People are always excited as it is as though these monsters are walking and moving and very much alive! I love bringing my imagination to life especially through clay."

Kate Braine is a London based artist, who practices a wide range of mediums, including pottery, sculpture and design. Born in London and having studied sculpture at City & Guilds School of Art, Kate’s career centred on bronze portrait busts and body casts. Kate’s subsequent courses in ceramics at the Park Walk and Marlborough schools, led her to a fascination with pottery and clay. Having produced ceramics over the past two decades, Kate has now become a full time potter.

 

Kate has created portrait busts of well-known figures, including Sir David Tang, Ian Board and  Francis Bacon.

Kate produced a full-scale body cast of music legend, David Bowie, which was later shown at The Gallery in Cork Street within his one man exhibition. Kate was also commissioned by Felix Dennis to produce a life-size sculpture of Chuck Berry. In addition, Kate’s works have featured in exhibitions at Argile Gallery, Art for Mayfair and The Mall Galleries and have appeared in a number of charity auctions.

 

In addition, Kate founded iconic jewellery company, Legge and Braine, with Charlotte Legge in 2003, following their time together at City & Guilds School of Art.

Education 

1983

3 months marble carving in Carrara, Italy

1984

Heatherley’s Foundation Course, London

1985/88

City & Guilds School of Art, Diploma Course in Sculpture, London

1989/94

Park Walk School, Chelsea – Ceramics course B-Tech Level 1

1994/99

Marlborough School, Chelsea – Ceramics course B-Tech level 2

2003/04

Set-up of Legge and Braine jewellery company

2015/18

Kings Gate Workshops Ceramics Studio, Kilburn

Awards 

The Wincott Financial Times Sculpture Award

Exhibitions 

1987

Affordable Art, London

1989

Birch and Conran Gallery, London - Commissioned bust of Ian Board

1990

Wintershall Gallery, Surrey

1990

Berkley Square Gallery, London

1991

Argyle Gallery, London - Portrait Head Show

1991

Rhino Rock Wildlife Trust - Sculpture auctioned at Bonhams, London

1993

Art for Mayfair, London

1994

The Gallery, Cork Street - Joint sculpture with David Bowie for his one man show

1996

150 Year Anniversary Exhibition Heatherley, The Mall Galleries, London

1997

Sixteen Sculptors Sladmore contemporary, London 

1998

Colony Room Club 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition

2019

Ceramics at 11 Avenue Studios, London

Solo

1988

Glebe Place Gallery, London

2019

Catherine Prevost, London

Sculpture Commissions

Series of portrait busts including:   Saffron Aldridge, Francis Bacon, Robin Birley, Ian Board, Darius Guppy, Pierre Edgy-Winkler ,  Albert Louden, William Shakespeare, David Tang, Colin Wilson

Sculpture Auction sales

1993

Christie’s – Post War and Contemporary British Paintings and Watercolours and 20th Century British Sculpture, Head of Francis Bacon

1995

Christie’s – Post War and Contemporary British Art, 1995, Portrait Bust of Ian Board

2021

House of Pots