Kathryn Pierce Benson started her journey into the decorative arts by observing her mother and grandmother doing needlepoint, sewing, quilting, crocheting, and knitting at an early age. There was never a time when their hands lay idle. They patiently taught Kathryn and her sisters some of these handicrafts.
When her oldest sister, Mary, came back to the area to start a career in music education, she introduced Kathryn to the art of ceramics. Kathryn then developed a fascination with taking a slab of rolled out clay, texturing it, and making it into pieces of functional pottery. Her experimentation with needlepoint, cross-stitch, quilting, and later welding has influenced patterning, texturing, and glazing of ceramics.