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Collaboration/ Co/elaboration
Karen Karnes and Mark Shaprio

May 18 - June 16, 2013

Karen Karnes and Mark Shapiro   
Karen Karnes (1925 - 2016)  

November 1925 - July 2016

Karen Karnes passed peacefully at home on July 12th, 2016. She was a towering figure of the postwar studio pottery movement, pioneering salt-glazing in the 1960s and wood-firing in the 1980s. Her work opened undreamed of possibilities of expression for the handmade pot. For the many potters who knew her, she was a mentor whose work embodied the creative power and singular voice to which we all aspire—her life in complete harmony with her creative vision. Karen Karnes was our artist. Her outspoken honesty, wit, and physical grace were unique and irresistible. The solidarity and love for her colleagues and nurturing support for younger potters changed careers and lives. - Mark Shapiro

It has been a great privilege to know and represent Karen Karnes, one of the great artists of our time. From her earliest days her work has been strong and sculptural, including her functional pieces. She followed an inner radar true to her artistic vision and could always be counted on for the truth. -Lucy Lacoste

Mark Shapiro  

Mark Shapiro's work has a functional base that is infused with intensity and intention taking it to the level of art. He is an important link in contemporary American ceramics. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Mint Museum and International Museum of Ceramics at Alfred. Shapiro is also an inspired teacher and mentor to young potters.

This exhibition features museum
quality works
from Ms. Karnes
recent Retrospective

vessels by Mr. Shapiro and pieces
made in collaboration between the two.

We are showing work of
Karen Karnes over the span of

her career starting in 1950.