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Katerina Porter

Born in Moscow where my father was a British correspondent I was brought to England by my Russian mother at the beginning of the War. I gained a place at the Slade but took up a scholarship at the Architectural Association. After graduating I worked in the office of the structural engineer Felix Samuely and designed a house for Sir Billy Williams, then chairman of the Arts Council. Encouraged by the painter Sir Matthew Smith I took time off studying art in Paris. My marriage to Ivor Porter, a member of the Foreign Office, took me to Cyprus, to Strasbourg, India, Geneva and Senegal and made architecture impractical. I had always drawn and at one time painted and when we returned to London I remembered that when I was a girl Matthew Smith had said my drawings were sculpture drawings and thought I would try to sculpt. I work directly in clay without preliminary drawing and always from a model.

I have exhibited in Britain, France and Belgium and been accepted by the Royal Academy, Royal Portrait Society, New English Art Club. I won a sculpture prize at the Chelsea Art Club and was Guest of Honour at the XXI Biennale de Tricastin. Last year I was part of Sculpt at Kew and this year had six months at Scotney Castle in Kent. I think I took to sculpture partly because of the pleasure of playing mud pies. I could never carve.


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