About Kat

I grew up in New Jersey, in a family that valued art and music, and learned from an early age that creativity and self-expression are keys to a fulfilling life.

After graduating from Millburn High School, I went on get my undergraduate degree in Art Education and Ceramics from Kean University, and my Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. I have lived in New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Boston, England, Rhode Island, Philadelphia, San Diego and have settled in Prescott, Arizona.  In November of 2012, my partner Bill and I got married, and we love living and working in our spacious surroundings.

For many years I had a pottery production studio, where I made slab built, stamped pieces. Although I no longer have this pottery business, I continue to work in clay and mosaics, and lead workshops in tile making and mosaics, as well as collage, SoulCollage®, Mosaics 101, Shrines, Spirit Wands, Collage Gone Wild and more.

I am a Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC). I have worked in residential recovery programs and sober living homes, with children facing challenges, and in private practice,  using the arts to help people find their visual, creative voices.  I teach and mentor students in the Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at Prescott College, and offer creative workshops through Yavapai College’s Community Education program.  As a SoulCollage® Facilitator, I lead monthly workshops in this wonderful collage technique, which adds to my belief that art has amazing healing powers.  As a SoulCollage® Facilitator Trainer, I assist others in taking this amazing process out into their communities. And now, as Dean of the SoulCollage® Institute, I help bring expanded teachings online by finding excellent instructors in a variety of related fields…

Testimonials for Kat Kirby’s Trainings and Workshops

Thank you, Kat, for your open heart, flexibility and knowledge.  -Laura L.

Everything was perfectly presented, explained and prepared.  The location and actual workshop room was perfect size, light and temperature.  Bliss!  -Callie N.

The flow of information and activities and sharing was perfect.  Also, I appreciate all the support given.  -Tatsumi

Loved it, and am very thankful for Kat’s sensitivity to our needs, which made learning easier.  It was positive, with the right mix of instruction and honoring all the individual women who participated.  -Aimee S.

Wonderful, gentle, informed, respectful and honoring guidance from Kat.  -Katharyn M.

Kat – just keep doing what you are doing!  I so appreciated your wisdom, facilitation style, genuine care for all of us!  Thank you!  -Bobbie A.

Kat – Thank you for your sense of play, joy and exuberance.  -Michael M.

Kat is great and gifted in the way she balanced training and holding the space for all of us to expand and learn.  -Sherilyn C.

Kat’s process is awesome – good and balanced coverage of practical and theoretical and business content.  -Jeannel K.

Loved Kat’s energy and enthusiasm.  -Amber T-B.

Very kind, clear communication; complete dedication to transmitting the content of the Training; open-hearted, generous sharing; down to earth support; holds sacred space with joy and purposeful intention.  -Cheri H.

Kat is a wonderful teacher, kind, thoughtful and patient.  -Cathy H.

Kat – You Rock!  Masterfully choreographed retreat.  Well organized, fascinating presentations and materials.  -Steve McC.

 

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