Kate Metten – Infusing the Ordinary with the Extraordinary 

Photo: Kate Metten, 2023 Judson Beaumont Emerging Artist

The BC Achievement Applied Art + Design award program honours excellence and inspires achievement throughout the province. By shining a light on the intersection of art and design in our lives, we celebrate the innovative and fearless spirits who create it. More than an award program, it is an investment in the cultural and economic fabric of our province. 

The awardees of the Applied Art + Design program enhance day-to-day life while enriching our collective experiences. Launched in the fall of 2004, the program recognizes up to four BC artists annually, for artistic excellence in functional art. The program includes the Judson Beaumont Emerging Artist designation, named in honour of the late BC-based furniture designer. The award celebrates Judson’s legacy, talents, and entrepreneurial creativity by supporting, mentoring, and highlighting emerging talent within BC’s thriving cultural community of artists and designers. 

A mentor to many aspiring artists and designers, Judson enjoyed sharing his experiences and ideas with students. 

“I tell young people you’re going to have ups and downs…successes and failures, but you just need to learn from it, you just need to keep moving ahead.” 

Kate Metten is the third recipient of the Judson Beaumont Emerging Artist designation since its establishment in 2020. Her pottery is a testament to intuition and muscle memory found within each unique piece. An exceptional commitment and dedication to her craft have made her an emerging artistic force in the world of ceramics. Kate’s journey as a potter is characterized by her one-of-a-kind ceramics that resonate with spirit and soul. Her vessels, masterfully thrown and intricately glazed, are prized by a growing clientele for their exquisite craftsmanship.  

What sets Kate apart is her ability to infuse the ordinary with the extraordinary, transforming everyday objects into iconic art pieces. 

Beyond her artistic prowess, Kate’s contributions to the cultural economy are noteworthy. She runs an atelier bridging the gap between artist and audience. Kate’s impact on the cultural economy extends beyond her own creations. She conducts workshops, mentors students, and curates exhibitions, providing emerging potters and craftspeople with exposure and opportunities. Her success becomes a legacy by which she passes on her knowledge and passion, inspired by the mentors who guided her own journey. 

Kate, along with her fellow 2023 Applied Art + Design award recipients will be celebrated tonight at a ceremony at Vancouver’s Roundhouse. For the first time, the event will be live-streamed thanks to a partnership between BC Achievement and TELUS. 

Join us! Click here to watch the show at 6:30 p.m.

BC Achievement: Elevate Excellence. Share Success. Inspire Change. 

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