cambridge contemporary art

Karen Risby

Karen Risby creates contemporary ceramic sculpture, wall hangings and porcelain accessories. Karen’s work is an extension of her love of drawing, exploring pattern and line using both brushwork and sgraffito, a process that involves scratching back into the painted surface. She takes inspiration from nature, myth and story telling; birds, are a prominent feature of her work interweaved with landscapes, people and places.

Originally from London, Karen graduated from Camberwell College of Art in 1994 then lived and worked in South London for many years before moving to Suffolk to set up her new ceramic studio in 2010.

All work is handmade and hand painted with porcelain slip and decorated with ceramic stains, underglaze and oxides. After the bisq firing the work is glazed with a leadfree transparent glaze and fired to stoneware. Some work then has gold lustre applied and undergoes a third and final firing.

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £ 

Platter with Birds and Waves

27 x 27cm


Platter with Trees Lustre



Platter with Landscape and Bird Lustre

33 x 33cm