Kate Missett, b. 1951, grew up in south Florida, and attended college in New Orleans where she discovered clay in her senior year of a journalism major. Upon graduation she immediately set up her own studio and has been working in clay ever since. She moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1982 to attend Pratt Institute, where she received her MFA in ceramics.
While in graduate school she worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, developing a scholarly knowledge of and fascination with ceramic cultures of the past. This interest, as well as extensive travels in Europe, the Caribbean, and India have led to the development of her current body of work, a series of large canopic jars made with a variety of clays and firing techniques, that explore aspects of human relationships to nature and the city. Harkening to her upbringing in Florida, tropical imagery is frequently reflected in her ceramic pieces.
In addition to exhibiting widely, her work has been included in several publications. Missett shares her knowledge and love of ceramics as both a curator and as an instructor, giving workshops and lectures, teaching all aspects of studio ceramics as well as ceramic history at Greenwich House Pottery and City University, as well as serving as director of the Artworks program of the West Side YMCA.