Born & raised in Central New Jersey, Kaity Gmitter grew up within a close-knit family where gatherings routinely included cooking and enjoying meals together. Recipes were handed down. She was encouraged to try everything, to work as a team, and to get her hands dirty to perfect the dish; or maybe create a new one. Even today, there is almost nothing better than preparing food with the people she loves. It puts a smile on her face, reminding her of the importance of community. It’s no wonder Kaity has come to feel most at home in the ceramic world.
While attending the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Kaity learned that she preferred working three-dimensionally. Clay proved to be her favorite material because of its many possibilities and challenges. Primarily, she focused on sculpture & slip casting, as she discovered the thrill, mystery, and hard work of atmospheric firing. Then in the ceramic studio she was surrounded by an ever expanding community of generous students & masters, alike.
Kaity was the recipient of the 2016 Joseph & Harvey Meyerhof Internship fellowship. That award afforded her to spend the summer months of 2016 at the M.T. Burton Gallery in Surf City, NJ. There she was exposed to pieces from all over the country, thus opening her eyes to the rigors of becoming a ceramic artist professionally.
It was in the summer of 2017 that Kaity fell in love with wood firing and wood kilns, however. She attended a wood firing focused pre-conference in North Carolina where she met many encouraging and future mentors and friends. Kaity was also awarded the 2018 NCECA Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship. As a result, she was able to pursue her love and expand her knowledge of wood fired ceramics during the summer and fall of 2018. This allowed her the opportunity to work alongside talented wood fire potters and focus on craft and firing kilns.
Kaity Gmitter earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts & a Minor in Art History from MICA in 2018.