Kate Krukowski Gooding
HAND BUILT CLAY ART
Born and raised in Enfield, CT, I vacationed with family in Moose River, ME until I made Maine my permanent home in 1976. I’m a licensed hairdresser, self-taught chef and cookbook author, with a certificate in Photojournalism and degrees in Business (ABA), and Business & Communications (BFA). As my friends and family called me, I was a professional student!
I like creating new things. I created the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA), which today awards the Gooding Cup trophy each year in the annual NYC competition finals. In 2006 I created Northern Solstice Publishing dba Black Fly Stew where I self-published cookbooks for myself and other private companies. I appeared on local, national and international television and I’ve been featured at many Maine wild game related cooking events. I won two moose permits and I’m looking for a third (yum!). I am a wild game food columnist in the Maine Sportsman. In 2010, I started non-profit Lemonade Day Maine and then Build A Biz, for teaching young students how to start and run a business. I closed it down after a car accident resulted in 24/7 migraines. I began self-therapy when conventional medicines did not work, including meditation, Chinese herbs, stained glass and finally… pottery classes! I created Moose Pond Pottery in 2018 when I joined Gallery 302.
As a creator of functional pottery, my work represents much of nature around me. This includes moose horn platters, bark and deer horn mugs, blueberry pie plates, vases, charcuterie trays, unique chip and dip bowls and more. My latest passion is Sgraffito where I scratch nature into pieces of usable art for a lasting memory.
I met my husband online in 1999. We were married the following year in our backyard in Pretty Marsh, Mount Desert Island. We moved to Bridgton in 2009, after my husband Don created excel spreadsheets to find the best water quality for fishing and swimming on a lake (Moose Pond!). I love Halloween, pottery, muscle cars, kayaking, cooking, hiking, shell collecting from around the world, growing exotic succulents, reading and campfires. We both love the Bridgton community and all it offers!