Kathy Pallie enjoyed a career in commercial art, designing products for retail store windows and interior displays, trade show booths and special events. This involved working with many different materials. When she retired and put her hands into clay, she knew this was an exciting material which she had to explore in depth. Kathy received her BFA cum laude from Boston University and later continued her study of clay at the College of Marin. Her work has been exhibited in many international, national, and regional juried exhibitions and has been published in numerous books including Ceramics Today and a feature article in Pottery Making Illustrated magazine.
Her work is inspired by Nature, and reflects the unlimited variety of surface textures, patterns, and energy she finds in her natural surroundings. The Clay Basket series was influenced by her observing trees, reeds and grasses. While forming her coil baskets, she became aware of how involved and interwoven she, as the artist, became with her art. This started the journey of telling a story through basketry by creating figurative pieces expressing the tradition, community and lore among basket makers.