Toronto-based artist Kathy Kranias works in sculptural ceramics, engaging the clay material to explore the body, movement, and the social. Grounded in myth and archetype, Kranias’s sculptures express the emotions of colour and bodily gesture. A selection of her work is available for sale at Artlife Galleries, USA and David Kaye Gallery, Canada.
Kranias began her professional arts education in modern dance and then expanded her studies to include visual arts, earning her BFA cum laude in Studio Art from Concordia University. She later received her MA in Art History from York University, where she was awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master’s Scholarship.
Her sculptures have been presented regionally and internationally in juried and invitational group exhibitions. A solo show of Kranias’s ceramic sculptures, Archetypes in Clay: recent work, was held at David Kaye Gallery, Canada in 2010. Becoming The Persephone, Kranias’s site specific ceramic installation at Art Gallery of Peterborough, was reviewed by Canadian art critic Gil McElroy in Fusion magazine (2009). Kranias’s sculptures are held in many private collections across North America and France, including A.I.R. Vallauris international collection and Gail & Ian Brooker, benefactors of The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art.
Kranias has presented at national art and craft conferences, including the inaugural Canadian Craft Biennial, (2017) and Universities Art Association of Canada (2015). She has served as juror for the 20th Toronto Potters Biennial Exhibition at the Gardiner Museum Shop and Fusion: Ontario Clay and Glass Association Awards and Scholarships. In addition to guest lectures at NSCAD University, OCAD University, and York University, Kranias has taught in the position of adjunct studio faculty in the Craft and Design Program at Sheridan College since 2004. Her contributions to national and international art and craft journals include the recent article "Making, Material and Orientation: My Process in Clay," published in the Fall/Winter 2018-19 issue of Studio Magazine.