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Kay Potts is an American sculptor living and working in South Africa. Figurative and architectural elements dominate her visual vocabulary. Her bronze sculpture deals conceptually with the pathways hidden in our minds and the fears that prevent us from following them.

Artist CV

Professional Experience

  • 2001: Guest Lecturer, St. Mary's Diocese School for Girls, Pretoria South Africa
  • 1999: Guest lecturer Sculpture and Foundry techniques, Fine Arts UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1997-Present: Co-Director, Boudiccea Productions cc. - South Africa
  • 1994-Present: Freelance Consultant, Metal Chasing and Structures, Specialising in welding and fine texture reconstruction.
    Clients include:
  • Art Casting BVBA (Art Foundry) Oudenaarde, Belgium
  • Tashiko Takeazu (Artist) Mercerville, New Jersey, USA
  • Douglas Oleson (Architect) San Fransisco, California, USA
  • Gyuri Hollosy (Artist) New Hope New Jersey
  • USA,Roland DeSerrano (Artist/Jeweler) Moeskroen, Belgium
  • Octave Landuyt (Artist/ Royal Jeweler) Oudenaarde, Belgium et al
  • 1993-1995: Teaching/Production Staff, Metal Chasing and Structures, The Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture, Mercerville, New Jersey
  • 1993: Visiting Artist and Guest Critic, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1992: Guest Lecturer for the Cincinnati Public School System, Sherwood Elementary School, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Technician and Assistant for Douglas Oleson, Health Professions Building Installation, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1991-1992: Foundry Technician, Casting Arts and Technologies, Cincinnati, Ohio
    General Shop Technician, Pigasus Productions, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1991: Kharkov friendship park Design Charrette, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Artist Assistant for Ellison Miller, Tangeman Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Artist Assistant for Antoinette Rosato, C.A.G.E. Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1990-1992: Research and Technical Assistant, Professor Linda Einfalt, Univiversity of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Sculpture Department Maintenance Monitor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1990 & 1991: Mold-making demonstrations and lectures for Introductory and Advanced Sculpture Students, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1989-1992: Foundry Teaching Assistant and Monitor under Farron Allen, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1989: Sand Casting Presentation of Bronze Casting for the Mid-America College Art Association, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1987-1988: Arts, Crafts, & Play Student Worker, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio


  • 1993: Nomination for the Career Advancement of Visual Artist's Program, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Miami, Florida
  • 1992-1993: Tuition Grant, The Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture Mercerville, New Jersey
  • 1992: Three Arts Fund Cash Grant for Excellence, Three Arts Fund, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Best of Show Cash Award, "The 16th Annual Competition Show", Arts Consortium, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Outstanding Graduating Senior for the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Outstanding Senior for the School of Fine Arts, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
    National Gold Key Honor Society, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1988-1992: School of Art Dean's List, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1991: Best Feature Award, for a Sculptural Timeline, Kharkov Friendship Park Design Charrette, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1990: Dean's List, Instituto Gould c/o Kent State University, Florence, Italy
  • 1989: National Dean's List, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1988: Who's Who Among American College Student's, National Publication



  • People, Planet & Prosperity, Pretoria Arts Assoc. Pretoria & ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg
  • Journey of the Cross, Tina Skukan Gallery
  • "Landscape" Old Arts gallery, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Printmaker's Guild Easter Show, PTA Arts Assoc. Pretoria
  • Commission, S. Steyn, Vereeniging, South Africa
  • Works permanenetly carried at:
  • The Art Gallery, PTA; Chris Tugwell Gallery, Kosmos & PTA;
  • PTA Arts Assoc. PTA; Cherie DeVilliers Gallery, JHB;
  • Old Arts Gallery, PTA


  • Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees, Kuns Sirkel, Potchefstroom, South Africa,
  • Kunskafee, Kyknet Art Special, Story about sculpture and foundry Boudiccea Productions cc
  • "Equus" Pretoria Arts Association, Pretoria ,South Africa
  • "Unframed" Tina Skukan Gallery, Faerie Glen, South Africa
  • Clarence Kunstefees, Clarence, South Africa
  • "Femina" Pretoria Arts Association, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Pecanwood Golf Estates, Hartbeespoortdam, South Africa
  • House of Art Inagural Show, Pretoria South Africa
  • Work displayed, Pretoria Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa
  • Work displayed, Old Arts Gallery


  • Christmas Exhibition, PTA AA Pretoria South Africa
  • Little Red Riding Hood, Group Show PTA AA, Pretoria South Africa
  • Group Show, Frieda Van Schalkwyk Art Consulting, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Work displayed, Old Arts Gallery Pretoria, South Africa
  • Commission, J. Sacco
  • Hopatcong, NJ, USA
  • Commission, H. Weiner Johannesburg, South Africa


  • Inaugural Show, State Theatre Art Gallery Pretoria, South Africa
  • Group Show, Architectural Collaboration, Pretoria South Africa
  • Commission, J. Reeves, New York, NY USA
  • "Reynard the Fox & other Foxtrot Stories - Belgian Folklore and Contemporary Mythology" Tina Skukan Gallery, Fairy Glen, PTA, South Africa
  • "Inaugural Exhibition" Gallery Vos, Pretoria, RSA
  • Permanent display and addition, Zona Boschoff, Brooklyn ,RSA
  • "Art & Life" State Theatre Gallery, Pretoria, RSA
  • Multiple Private Residence showings and commissions.


  • Pretoria News Lifestyle Expo, Cornwall Hill Estates, Irene, South Africa
  • "10th Anniversary Exhibition", Frieda Van Schalkwyk Art Consulting, Guild Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Trap der Jugd, Sculpture Shown in conjunction with JATO's "Agter Gesloten Deure", Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Private Residence Show, Johannesburg, South Africa

    1997: "7th St. International Exhibition" IASG (Corcoran Sponsored), Washington, DC, USA

    1996: Koninlijke Kunst Acadamie (Royal Academy of Art), Oudenaarde, Belgium

    1995: Semantics Gallery, Group Show, Cincinnati, Ohio


  • C.A.G.E. Gallery, Two Person Show, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • "App-Art", Extension Gallery, The Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, New Jersey


  • "16th Annual Competition Show", Arts Consortium, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • "Works at the Machine Shop", Group Show, The Emery Arts Building, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • "Interperspective: Sculpture by K. Potts", Solo Show, 840 Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • "Works from the Foundry", 840 Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • "DAAP Senior Show", University of Cincinnati, Wolfson Building, Cincinnati, Ohio


  • "Recent Works", Group Show, 840 Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • "DAAP 1991-1992 Bulletin", Sculpture chosen for cover art, Cincinnati, Ohio


  • "Fifth Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art", Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
  • "Women's Eye, 3-D", Carnegie Arts Center, Covington, Kentucky
  • "Mud-fest" Sculpture provided for an Earthday Celebration, Alms Lawn, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • "Melting Point", Group Show, 840 Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio


  • "Artist's Environment," Group Show, 1313, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • "Scratch-n-Sniff Art Buffet", Group Show, 840 Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

    1988: "Bouquet", Group Show, Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati, Ohio

    1987: "Class Act", Group Show, Kilbourne Facilities, Worthington, Ohio

    Private Collections

  • The Baroness de Garcey de Gomery, Mullem, Belgium
  • The Atlantic Engineering Corp., Eke, Belgium
  • Dr. and Mrs. M. Kolter, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Ms. Ellison Miller, Raleigh, NC
  • Dr. Jan Shapter, Omaha AR;
  • Mr. Thomas Liddy, San Francisco, CA
  • Ms. Wies Schiettecate, Ghent, Belgium
  • Ms. Julie Sacco, Hopatacong, NJ
  • Ms. Victoria Gatlin, Atlanta, GA
  • Ms. B, Swart, JHB, RSA
  • Mdm. E. Peroux, Lille, France
  • Ms. Mijung Kim, Tokyo, Japan; et al.

    Education and Certifications

  • 1994: New Jersey State Vocational Education Teaching Certificate, Mercerville, New Jersey
  • 1992-1993: Apprenticeship at The Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture. Studying technical procedures and aspects of cast and fabricated metal. Completed and certified, Mercerville, New Jersey
  • 1988-1992: University of Cincinnati, Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1990: Instituto Gould, Kent State International Program, Six Month Art History Program, Florence, Italy
  • 1988: Ohio State University, Studying Cultural Anthropology, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1987: University of Cincinnati, Studying Biology/Pre-medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Technical Skills


  • Welding (TIG, MIG, Oxy-fuel)
  • Soldering
  • Fabrication - plastics, wood, stone, cement, ferrous and non-ferrous metals
  • Face and body moulds
  • plaster waste and piece moulds
  • Polyurethane resin moulds
  • Rubber moulds
  • Pneumatic equipment and tools
  • Ceramic body and glaze formulation
  • Etching- glass, metal, acrylic sheet
  • Fiberglas lay-up and resin casting
  • Tool making
  • Chasing and finishing work.


    Casting- Iron, silver, copper, bronze, aluminium, pewter, Britannia metal, Lost wax investment method, Ceramic shell, Sand casting, Centrifugal Casting, Construction and maintenance of kilns, furnaces, cupolas, and cupolettes, Equipment - fabrication, maintenance and repair, Alloy composition.

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