Kate Roberts

Assistant Professor, Ceramics

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Kate Roberts

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Kate Roberts is native of Greenville, SC. She received both her MFA and BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2015 and 2010 respectively. She has traveled extensively and completed Residencies and Internships at Art Centers around the world including Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Montana, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, La Meridiana in Italy, Cite International des Arts in Paris, Project Art in Massachusetts and most recently organized a residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine on Ephemerality in Clay.

Most recently, Roberts' work has taken on qualities of the ephemeral, a description we rarely associate with ceramics. Through the creation of large, unfired clay, mixed media installations, the work contemplates the mortality of people and the spaces they exist within. Her work has been exhibited in museums such as the Tampa Art Museum, Frick Museum in Pittsburgh, PA and Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY and included in major exhibitions such as Scripps Ceramic Annual, Parcours Ceramique Carougeois Biennial in Geneva, Switzerland and most recently at the 10th Korean International Ceramic Biennial in Gyeonggi, South Korea. She has lectured at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. In addition to teaching, Kate is on the Board of Directors at Studio Potter. She currently resides in Memphis, TN and is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Memphis.


  • MFA Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, 2015
  • BFA, Concentration in Ceramics, Minors in Art Education and Art History, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, 2010


  • 2018 – Present, Assistant Professor of Ceramics – Ceramics I-IV, Kilns and Glazes, Graduate Seminar University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • 2016 – 2018, Lecturer 3D4M – University of Washington – Seattle, WA
  • 2015 – 2016, Lecturer of Ceramics - University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI


  • 2020 Kunstlerhaus Neumuster, Ceramic Artist Exchange Tandem 2020, Neumunter Germany (postponed)
  • 2019 Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Artist Invite Artist Session, Topic: Ephemerality in Clay, Organizer
  • 2015 Archie Bray Foundation – Summer Resident – Windgate Fellowship, Helena, MT
  • 2012 Project Art Sponsored by Ferrin Gallery, Cummington, MA
  • 2012 John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Assistant to Resident Artist Giselle Hicks, Kohler, WI
  • 2011 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO
  • 2011 Cite International des Arts Fellowship, Paris, France

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2022 TBA, group exhibition curated by Rebecca Cross, Katzen Museum, American University, Washington, DC
  • 2021 After Image, Solo Show, Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
  • 2020 What is In Between, group exhibition, NCECA Concurrent Exhibition, online exhibition
  • 2020 Embracing Impermanence, group exhibition, Artspace @ Plant Zero, Richmond, VA
  • 2020 TBA, Solo Show, The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • 2019 Korean International Ceramic Biennale 2019, juried on-site exhibition, Gyeonggi, South Korea
  • 2019 Laced, Solo Show, Unsmoke Systems Artspace, Braddock, PA
  • 2019 Walking on Ghosts, Solo Show, 4Culture, Seattle, WA
  • 2019 Figure Ground, two-person show with Peter Barbor, Olin Fine Arts Center Gallery, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA
  • 2019 Matter at Hand, 3-person show, NCECA Concurrent Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2018 Structures of Atmosphere, NCECA Concurrent Exhibition, 7800 Susquehanna, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2018 Revive Remix Respond, The Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2018 Above the Surface, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
  • 2017 15th Parcours Céramique Carougeois, Ceramics Biennial Invitational, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2017 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, Zanesville Art Museum, Zanesville, OH
  • 2017 Fine Art Center Alumni Exhibition, Sheffield Wood Gallery, Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC
  • 2017 Emerging Artist Exhibition, Gallery EXPO and Projects Space, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
  • 2017 Confluence and Bifurcation: The Joining and Splitting of Rivers, Seminar Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
  • 2017 Bowing, Solo Show, Gage Gallery, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2016 Grand Porte, Solo Show, Deluxe Gallery, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
  • 2016 Archie Bray NCECA Show, Belger Crane Yard Gallery, Kansas City, MO
  • 2016 The Indigo Curtain, Solo Show, Thompson Gallery, Furman University, Greenville, SC
  • 2015 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, Zanesville Art Museum, Zanesville, OH
  • 2015 Strange Habits, Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • 2015 Archie Bray at the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery Spokane, WA
  • 2015 Resident Artists Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
  • 2015 The Moment In-between: Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Alfred, NY
  • 2015 “Lively Experiments,” NCECA Biennial, Juried, Providence, RI
  • 2015 Varience: Survey of Graduate Student Work, Invitational, Providence, RI
  • 2014 Ties that Bind: Alumni, Invitational, The Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC
  • 2014 The Eleventh Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, Juried, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2014 Ceramic Top 40 | Selected Works, Invitational, Allston, MA
  • 2014 Insight: The Inner Nature of Things, Invitational, Rochester, NY
  • 2014 Emerged: After the Residency, Invitational, Lillstreet Arts Center, Chicago, IL
  • 2013 Ceramic Top 40 | 2013, Invitational, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
  • 2013 Scripps National, Invitational, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
  • 2012 Ferrin Gallery at Art Miami, Invitational, Miami, FL
  • 2012 Fascination of Decay, Curated by Kate Roberts, Cohen Gallery, Alfred, NY
  • 2012 Covet, Invitational, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA