studio catherine griffiths


Working typography onto ceramics came about after an experimental collaboration with poet Jenny Bornholdt and ceramic artist, Raewyn Atkinson. We combined our different skills and made Pitcher with Women, a set of three vessels each containing a part of a poem Jenny had written after Picasso. The words wind their way around each form inside or out, black on black. For the vessel pictured, a different project, we worked with a light band to carry the words.

03 other in(ter)ventions

an international typography symposium, Wellington, NZ

typ gr ph c
a series of compact workshops, Karekare, NZ

installations, exhibitions

7/7, 14 views
Te Tuhi Project Wall, 2023, Aotearoa NZ

Shanghai Art and Design Exhibition, 2017, CHINA

A whakapapa, two lines of women, an installation drawing
All Lines Converge, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, 2016, NZ

Installation with mirror and line
transitionalfieldwork, an exhibition, 2016, NZ

only U know ...
collaboration, Lela Jacobs AW17 Auckland, and SS17 Paris collection, NZ + FR

installation, Typojanchi 2015, 4th International Typography Biennale, Seoul, KR

The Tuwhare Poster Project
fund-raiser for the Hone Tuwhare Trust Writers Residency, NZ

memento :: motif
Proyecto de Arte Contemporáneo Alzheimer, Valparaíso, Chile

The Phone Book
a maquette, for the Club de Conversation project

Club de Conversation at S/F with Dino Chai, Auckland, NZ

Club de Conversation: Keyhole Series and Dials
rug series, Dilana Workshop, NZ

Sound Tracks
installation, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, NZ

The Jets
short film, Paris, France


posters, protest, statements

The Best Design Awards
three posters, 2018, NZ

Labour of Love
another word-play poster, 2018, NZ

W in black
drawings in progress, 2017, NZ/FR

The Alphabet
front page takeover of the Sentinel & Enterprise newspaper for 26 days, Fitchburg, USA

The Brexit Series
a word-play poster series in response to Brexit

Raising the Flag
contemplative, suggestive — design unravelled, NZ

Protest Vessel 1/2 PRICE
a collaboration with ceramic artist Raewyn Atkinson, NZ


Protest Vessel — 1/2 PRICE 2003

Collaboration with ceramic artist Raewyn Atkinson

Protest Vessel, 1/2 PRICE was made specifically for the Norsewear Art Awards in protest over the unequal awards offered between fine arts and applied arts. The following year the awards were adjusted to equal amounts.

Size 700mm x 250mm

RAEWYN ATKINSON & CATHERINE GRIFFITHS, PROTEST VESSEL, 2003 / red earthenware, black and white slips, laser transfer prints. collection of the Dowse Art Museum

related links
Dowse Art Museum


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