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Thomas Aitken & Kate Hyde: Stage Craft

Thomas Aitken & Kate Hyde: Stage Craft


Kate Hyde and Thomas Aitken have collaborated on a new collection of work inspired by the Baroque town of Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic. During 2013, Kate made a series of paintings and drawings while artist-in-residence here for a little over a month. The Castle’s Masquerade Hall, embellished with life size paintings including the characters of Harlequin and Pierrot, a Baroque opera staged in the Castle’s 17th Century theatre and the town’s architecture all served to provide rich imagery for Kate and Thomas to interpret into their unique forms and images presented in StageCraft.



About Thomas Aitken & Kate Hyde

Thomas Aitken and Kate Hyde collaborate on a series of ceramic objects that unite Thomas’s strong forms with Kate’s interest in colour, narrative and surface embellishment. The work is designed to be both highly practical and visually intriguing. Their eclectic and playful imagery reference a variety of sources including the history of ceramics, theatre, poetry and textiles.

Thomas holds a BFA: Ceramics, from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Canada and Kate has a BA (Hons): Textile/Fashion, from Middlesex Polytechnic, U.K. They met whilst studying at the Masters program in Ceramics, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, U.K.

In 1997 Kate and Thomas set up their first pottery studio in Toronto and have regularly taken part in art shows such as The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Their studio is now in the village of Warsaw, Peterborough County, Ontario.

Their work is in public and private collections in Europe and North America.

 In 2012/13 they had work featured at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto; Thomas in the exhibition Connections: British and Canadian Studio Pottery and Kate created a site-specific sculpture Harlinquinade for the Commedia dell’arte gallery and the Foyer exhibit case.


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