A Katrich Treasury
  All Vessels are Unique in Design and Execution
  Celestial Themes.
  Glorious Glazes.
  Themes from Music and Poetry.
  Themes from Nature.

Katrich Studios Trademark.Paul J. Katrich

Positively Unique and Rather Extraordinary
Luster Pottery

(for Unique and Extraordinary People)

A Katrich Treasury

The Artist's Choice of
Favorite Luster Vessels


Glorious Glazes

The Descriptions are by Paul J. Katrich.

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (1146)]
1146 (5-1/2"):
Len and Terry Senior Collection.

"There are more than seven glazes in concert
on this vase. A carnival of unexpected colors
and chance harmonies."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (1127)]
1127 (8"):
Nickel-Horvath Collection.

"Reds and yellows are traditionally the
most difficult colors for a potter to achieve.
Fine examples of such glazes are to be prized
when they occur."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (1092)]
1092 (6-1/2"):
Private Collection in New York City.

"The shape of this uncommon, asymmetrical vase
derives from the traditional barley-twist columns
of Solomon's temple. It's fun to occasionally
go off-balance."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (1088)]
1088 (8-1/4"):
Private Collection in New York City.

"The gold and blue glaze reminds me of
frozen lightning; hieroglyphs in the sky --
order from randomness."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (1062)]
1062 (5-1/2"):
Private Collection in Florida.

"A sunlit, tropical stained-glass window."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (1029)]
"Vector", 1029 (5-1/2"):
Private Collection.

"An homage to the Art Deco era."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (1027)]
1027 (5"):
Leigh Infield Collection.

"An exploration of rhythm in emerald green."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0997)] [Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0997)]
0997 (7"):
Private Collection in New York City.

"Inspired by a Wiener Werkstatte textile
from the 1920's."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0969)] [Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0969)]
0969 (7-3/4"):
Woodall-Woolmer Collection.

"A message in archaic writing,
waiting to be deciphered."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0956)]
"Egyptian Votive", 0956 (8-3/4"):
Private Collection.

"There is a characteristic vessel from
pre-dynastic Egypt found at the holy site
of Nagada. These were offering vases used
for food libations or gifts to accompany
the deceased to the afterlife. I have long
admired this simple, elegant pottery."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0910)]
"Ancient Echoes", 0910 (7"):
Nickel-Horvath Collection.

"The glaze on this vessel emulates the effects
of verdigris on ancient bronzes. It may recall
Minoan, Etruscan, Roman or even Greek pottery
in form."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0796)]
0796 (14"):
Richard and Linda Fusco Collection.

"Afternoon sunlight through a forest glade."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0783)]
0783 (5"):
Phillip Morici Collection.

"The wings of a fantastic butterfly."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0752)]
0752 (14-1/4"):
Raulston-Birbilis Collection.

"The red sky full of fireflies."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0740)]
0740 (7-3/4"):
Private Collection.

"A rare, red vase, which greatly pleased me,
exceeding my expectations."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0728)]
0728 (4-1/4"):
Private Collection.

"This vessel combines two ideas:
pottery from ancient Nubia, and perhaps
an antique electrical insulator. It exists
outside of time or category."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0569)]
Nickel-Horvath Collection.

"The first example of a "volcanic frost" glaze.
A happy experiment, yielding good things."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0450)]
Allan Wunsch Collection.

"A small meteorite from a far galaxy."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0401)]
Audel and Lynne Davis Collection.

"Several examples of this full-chromatic glaze
exist in my repertoire. This is one of the
earliest, and possibly the finest."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0326)]
0326 (7-1/2"):
Craftsman Farms Museum Collection.

"A molten pot of many colors.
A gift of the kiln."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0317)]
0317 (7-3/4"):
Bruce and Linda McKenzie Collection.

"Volcanic glazes of this type were most likely
invented by the great American ceramicist,
Hugh Robertson, at the Dedham Pottery, in the
late 19th century. He was certainly the first
ceramic artist to actively utilize this effect
for aesthetic purposes.

"Robertson has a major influence on my own work.
I hold him in high esteem."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0296)]
0296 (Diam: 7", Ht: 4-1/2"):
Collection of the Artist.

"On this rare reticulated bowl, the inside
becomes the outside, and vice-versa. The
portholes were actually quite difficult to
make, without damaging the piece."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0270)]
[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0270)]
0270 (Diam: 7-1/2", Ht: 4-1/2"):
Collection of the Artist.

"This bowl is one of those chance gifts of the kiln.
Before firing, I anticipated the interior to be a
uniform blue. The effect could never be repeated."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (0242)]
Bruce and Linda McKenzie Collection.

"This serene vase was commissioned by the
original owner for its meditative properties.
I hope that it has the desired effect."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (rlbbgo1)]
RLBBGO1 (Diam: 4-1/2", Ht: 3-1/2"):
Collection of the Artist.

"I have long cherished this bowl.
It developed the orange flows from
a happy freak of glazing and firing."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (rlpblgr1)]
Private Collection.

"One of the several very-early vessels
in the Persian taste. It took some time
to develop an Egyptian turquoise glaze
that pleased me."

[Iridescent Pottery by Paul J. Katrich (clvpklp)]
Private Collection.

"This early bottle was one of the first
successful luster-glazed pieces. I like
the simple dignity of its monochrome glaze."


[Michael Nickel and Cynthia Horvath with Collection]

Michael Nickel and Cynthia Horvath in 2006
with their collection of Katrich Pottery.

Treasury of Katrich Pottery

A Personal Note from the Artist

Dear Friends, Patrons and Pottery Enthusiasts,

From the past decade, I have assembled these examples of my pottery to create a "virtual museum." I believe these vessels to be of special merit, both aesthetic and technical. They are sentimental favorites, because of uniquely successful glazes, and expressive of broad and unusual inspirations.

It has proven a fascinating exercise and aide to memory, to sift through the 1200 extant works.

I wish to express my gratitude for the interest and cooperation of my patrons, whose help has been invaluable. All of the wonderful photographs are the work of George A. Lees, who bears great responsibility for the prosperity of this enterprise.

Paul J. Katrich


Internet Archive and History

We have kept this Internet archive since
the earliest existence of the vessels.
Believing Katrich Pottery to have permanent
value and historical resonance, we have
expended substantial resources, both material
and intellectual, to maintain this record.
In so much as possible, it is absolutely complete.

This documentation virtually assures the
authenticity and integrity of all Katrich vessels,
however far they may travel. Our collectors will
always enjoy total access to the true story of
their cherished pottery.

To our knowledge, no other studio pottery,
vintage or modern, can claim so sober and
comprehensive an account of unique work.
In the realm of ceramics, nothing comparable
has been attempted or so long preserved.

We welcome visitation from collectors, students,
scholars and pottery enthusiasts of every stripe.
Katrich Studios, Inc., is the ultimate authority
for the works of Paul J. Katrich.
We hope that you enjoy our efforts.

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Design and Lecture Services

Paul J. Katrich is a modern traditionalist.
He is also a degreed Art Historian
and frequent guest lecturer in the
fine and decorative arts.

An accomplished sculptor and artist in many media,
he offers a variety of professional design services.
Mr. Katrich serves as Secretary on the Board of the
American Art Pottery Association.

"I am always delighted to speak to
you regarding your needs and interests.
I am pleased to discuss gallery and museum shows,
charitable events, commissions, lectures or
special purchases. You may expect a prompt
and polite response."
- Paul J. Katrich

Your questions and comments
are gratefully received,
by sending e-mail to
or by phoning

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please click on an image.

Fine Art Pottery

The contemporary pottery of Paul J. Katrich
consists of fine, hand-thrown ceramic vessels,
fired with rare colors and treatments,
including in-glaze iridescent lusters.

Each piece is utterly unique
in design and execution:
no repetition is possible.

Flawed or inferior examples are
destroyed: no second-quality Katrich
pottery is ever permitted to enter
the marketplace.

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The Pottery Marks
of Paul J. Katrich

From 1997-2005
his Registered Trademark
(a Grecian Sphinx)
was glazed and fired
onto the bottom
of the vessels.

[ Trademark fired onto bottom of 2 vessels ]

Beginning in 2006
his "KATRICH" name was included
below his Registered Trademark
(a Grecian Sphinx), and then
glazed and fired together
onto the bottom of the vessels.

[ Trademark of Paul J. Katrich ]


[Registered Trademark of Paul J. Katrich] The Katrich Mark

A Personal Description by the Artist

"A Grecian Sphinx appears on all authentic ceramic works of Paul J. Katrich. The Sphinx is a symbol shrouded in myth and antiquity; revered in many cultures.

"I adopted this signature to demonstrate respect for the artists of the ancient East, whose pottery is a constant source of wonder. For me, the Sphinx is a guardian of arcane knowledge and many mysteries.

"By tradition, the vessel held in her paws denotes life and special insight.

"She has faithfully served Katrich Studios, as a companion and good-luck token, for many years. May she do as much for the possessor."

Paul J. Katrich


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