Kathy Boettcher of Kaffers Illustration grew up in Appleton Wisconsin always finding different ways to create. She went to Stevens Point for her Bachelors of Fine Arts with a focus in Painting and Print making. Her work was mainly based on the female form and expressing it's movements and curvature through color and texture at a large scale. After completing her degree she moved back to Appleton continuing to paint and explore mixed medias such as house paint, spray paint, wood surfaces, and collage.
She was The Studio Manager at The Fire Art Studio a DIY shop where you can paint pottery, fuse glass, or create a mosaic. It is here that she discovered her love of painting pottery, working with different painting techniques and tools, and bringing her drawings to a new type of surface, and a functional surface! Kathy uses vibrant colors and patterns to bring her portraits to life. She's always up for sassy sayings, coffee references, and really has never met a pun she didn't like. She also uses a series of silk screens in some of her work.
Her funky functional ceramic pieces can be found in local shops like Blue Moon (Appleton), and Riverview Gallery (Fon du lac), The Trout Art Museum (Appleton), Foxley's Gallery Ltd (Appleton), Mud and Prints (Appleton).
She also participates in local events such as Art at the Park (was awarded Honorable Mention in 2017), The Artery, Bazaar After Dark, and Art on the Town. This year I will be selling work at the Farmer's Market Downtown Appleton 2020.
Kathy also takes custom orders of any of her pieces. Her specialty being pet and people portraits. Details on how to order one can be found on her Facebook page under the notes or on her website. Basically all it takes to get started is sending a picture of your pet or person and letting her know what sort of ceramic piece you'd like them painted on.