Katherine Keefer has been a ceramic sculptor since 1973 when she began studying handbulding with Ben Sams in Seattle, Washington. At UC Davis, she was liberated from the parameters of functional ceramics by Robert Arneson and David Gilhooly. In 1986 she received an MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from Washington State University, mentored by Patrick Siler. As her vision developed she began to include other media in her sculpture: metal, wood, and fiberglass. As her work became progressively larger in scale, she began working the public art sector incorporating steel, earthworks, granite and glass.
I like public art because it is so big you can walk around in it. A person can move through the elements, becoming part of the whole. I like art that is strong, art that engages more than the mind. Space that creates space. Art that shifts the internal self. Art that helps you see in a different way.