Kathryn Portelli

Mosaic Artist

With extensive training in ceramic art and lead lighting in the 80’s, at Chisholm Institute in Melbourne, Kathryn majored in flat glass and acquired a love of strong colour placement and segmentation.

Kathryn spent three years working in two studios in Boston USA, designing and manufacturing stained glass and sandblasted art for commercial venues and custom designs for private residences.

A move to Pipers Creek in 1989 was the perfect environment in which to experiment with many different mosaicking techniques, leading to retail sales, public and private commissions, workshops, exhibitions and awards.

Best known for the Black Saturday Memorial in Kyneton, Kathryn has also created mosaic installations for the local schools, kindergarten, R M Begg Aged Care and the nearby tourist venue – Kyneton Bushland Resort.
‘Angel’, a two metre high sculpture of local pink and grey granite,
stands in Kyneton’s Riverwalk Sculpture Park near the Piper St bridge.

As the former Victorian Representative of MAANZ (Mosaic Association of Australia & New Zealand) Kathryn participated in annual exhibitions, conducted workshops and designed an app of Melbourne’s different mosaic sites.

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