1989-1991: Diploma of Fine Arts - Ceramics, National Art School, Sydney, Australia.
1982-1984: City and Guilds Chef training 706/1 and 706/2, Wellington and Auckland
Polytechnical Institutes, Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand.
Katherine trained in ceramics at the National Art School in Sydney, Australia for 3 years from 1989 - 1991. For 8 years prior to this she had worked as a chef.
In 1993 she joined English potter, Jim Mason in Taibeh village (near ancient Petra), Jordan for several months. They taught pottery skills to young village women in the hope of reviving local ancient skills and traditions. Emphasis was on pottery made by the Nabateans (who built Petra) and other traditional potters from the region.
Katherine has been back to the Middle East a number of times since the first teaching job. In 1994 she accompanied a group of archaeologists from Sydney University to work on a Middle Bronze Age site at Rukeis in the North of Jordan.
From 1995 until 1998 she was based in London. She had studio space at Great Western Studios and cooked part-time at The Sugar Club restaurant in Notting Hill. Katherine designed and produced crockery for the restaurant and for Peter Gordon's first two cookbooks. She also designed and produced ware for The Union Cafe in Marylebone and the events company, Urban Productions.
In 1998 Katherine returned to New Zealand, basing herself in Wellington. She designed several ranges of domestic ware, one of which was for the homewares range of the Australian textile company, Cloth.
Katherine has been a full-time ceramist since the return to New Zealand. She has guest-lectured at Auckland's Unitec, Wellington's Massey University and the National Art School in Sydney, Australia.
In 2001 she designed and produced a range of tableware for Chow restaurant in Wellington.
In 2003 she was awarded a Creative New Zealand Professional Development Grant to travel back to parts of the Middle East to research Middle Bronze Age pottery.
In 2004 she was awarded a New Work Grant towards production of the research outcome. The Fruit series was the first of four bodies of resulting work.
The Alphabetical Order, Squash and Zoomorphic series have followed.
In 2010 she was commissioned by Koru Contemporary Art in Hong Kong to make a number of large works for installation in the Tianjin metropolitin Hotel and Polo Club in China.
2012 she received a Creative New Zealand Arts Grant towards production of the first of the Zoomorphic vessels
2016 Milford Galleries, Queenstown, NZ, Birds
2015 Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, NZ, Beastly
2014 Milford Galleries, Queenstown, NZ, Zoomorphic
2013 Piece Gallery, Matakana, NZ, Zoomorphic
2012 AVID Gallery, Wellington, NZ, New Crop
2008 AVID Gallery, Wellington, NZ, Squash
2007 Milford Galleries, Dunedin, NZ, Squash
2007 Michael Hirschfield Gallery (City Art Gallery), Wellington, NZ,
Katherine Smyth - A Survey.
2006 AVID Gallery, Wellington, NZ, Alphabetical Order
2005 Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, NZ, Fruit
2005 AVID Gallery, Wellington, NZ, Fruit
2003 AVID - Dealers in Applied Art, Wellington, NZ, Black and White and Red All Over
2002 Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, NZ, Red and White
2000 Eon, Auckland, NZ, Tall Vases
1999 AVID - Dealers in Applied Art, Wellington, NZ, Katherine Smyth
1994 Craftspace (NSW Crafts Council), Sydney, Australia, Tall Pottery and Carvings
1992 Mary Jane Learoyd Gallery, Sydney, Australia, Katherine Smyth
2015 Ornithology, Visual Culture, Welligton, NZ
2014 Confection, Visual Culture, Wellington, NZ
2012 Parting Darkness, The Dowse, Hutt City, NZ
2012 Small Works, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, NZ
2012 Fiddlesticks, Piece Gallery, Matakana, NZ
2011 Portage Ceramic Awards, Waitakere City, NZ
2009 Thrill Me Every Day - The Celia Dunlop Collection, The New Dowse, Hutt City, NZ
2009 Autumn Vessels, Piece Gallery, Matakana, NZ
2009 Masterworks, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, NZ
2008 Summer Show, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, NZ
2008 Natural Selection, Waiheke Gallery, Waiheke Is, Auckland, NZ
2007-08 Sum of the Parts, Masterworks, Auckland, NZ
2007-08 Portage Ceramic Awards, Lopdell House Gallery, Waitakere City, NZ
2007 Norsewear Art Awards, Hastings, NZ
2006 The Gift, The New Dowse, Hutt City, NZ
2005 The Home Show, AVID Gallery, Wellington, NZ
2004 Norsewear Art Awards, Hastings, NZ
2003 Norsewear Art Awards, Hastings, NZ
2002 Heralds and Harbingers, Lopdell House Gallery, Waitkere City, NZ
2002-05 Portage Ceramic Awards, Lopdell House Gallery, Waitakere City, NZ
1997 Fourth Floor Gallery, Holborn, London, UK
1991 Walker Ceramics Awards for Graduating Students, Victorian Art Centre,
2012 Creative New Zealand, New Work
2007 Portage Ceramic Awards, Merit award (Judge Jeff Shapiro)
2006 Waiclay (NZ Society of Potters), Premier Award (Judge Janet Mansfield)
2004 Creative New Zealand, New Work
2003 Creative New Zealand, Professional Development
2000 NZ Society of Potters Royal Easter Show, Merit award (Judge Campbell Hegan)
2000 Birkenhead Licensing Trust, Merit award (Judge Len Castle)
Auckland (War Memorial) Museum, NZ
Te Papa Museum, NZ
Dowse Art Museum, NZ
Wallace Arts Trust, NZ
London Design Museum, England
NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs Collection - in Wellington (NZ), Hong Kong (China),
Jakarta (Indonesia), London (England), New York (USA), Ottawa (Canada), Teheran (Iran)
Visual Culture (Wellington) ph:0064 027 420 4331
Masterworks Gallery (Auckland) www.masterworksgallery.com ph:0064 9 378 1256
Milford Galleries (Dunedin/ Queenstown) www.milfordgalleries.co.nz ph:0064 3 4777727
Piece Gallery (Matakana) www.piecegallery.co.nz ph:0064 9 4229125
Vessel (Wellington) www.vessel.co.nz ph:0064 4 4992321
Small Acorns (Wellington) www.smallacorns.co.nz ph:0064 4 4995795
Annex (Auckland) www.annex.net.nz ph:0064 9 3786018
Te Uru Gallery (Titirangi) www.teuru.org.nz ph: 0064 9 817 8087
Corbans Estate Art Centre (Henderson)www.ceac.org.nz ph 0064 9 8384455
The Country Providore (Hamilton) www.thecountryprovidore.co.nz ph: 0064 7 859 1380
Vesta Design (Queenstown) www.vestadesign.co.nz ph: 0064 3 4425687