The Power of the Pot
June 23 - July 21, 2012
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER
Updated November 2017 Warren MacKenzie studied painting at Art Institute of Chicago then switched to ceramics after serving in WWII. Captivated by pottery, he and his wife Alix made regular trips to Field Museum of Natural History. They then went to England for a happy and productive apprenticeship with Bernard Leach in St Ives meeting Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Shoji Hamada. On their return, they settled in Stillwater, MN where he continued his studio and still lives till today. He became professor of ceramics at the University of Minnesota teaching legions of students and making Minnesota a clay state retiring in 1990 a Regents Professor.
“Don’t overlook the less obvious pieces, the simple bowls, plates or yunomi…extraordinary objects because they are ordinary objects. It is in these that you will find the real pots, the real MacKenzie” John Reeve
The Warren MacKenzie Scholarship Fund has been set up at the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN. A portion of each sale will go to this. Individuals may contribute too. UPDATED August 30 2017
Closing July 21
COME CELEBRATE WARREN
& THE POWER OF THESE POTS
SATURDAY, JULY 21
REFRESHMENTS 2-5 PM
"MacKenzie's forms are always decisive and clear in profile, yet they seem carved or whittled rather than machined, and convey qualities of ease and pleasure rather than control. His pottery seldom pursues earthy associations, or the fleshy-body allusions common to thrown clay, but often displays a resolute posture evoking bone structure…The most striking effect is the repeated communication of tactility, which invites touch but also conveys it so effectively that you can imagine handling the objects."
Art in America, Feb. 08