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American Masters
With Karen Karnes & Warren MacKenzie

March 1 - March 23, 2014



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

Karen Karnes (1925 - 2016)

Vessel, Tan and White
8 x 9 x 9 in.  

Tall Lidded Vessl w/ Thrown Lid
11 x 10.5 x 10.5 in.  

Large Lidded Vessle w/ Cut Lid
10.5 x 13.5 x 13.5 in.  

Vase Form w/ Wide Flange
12 x 24 in.  

Covered Form w/ Floating Cover
5 x 16 in.  

Large Lidded Jar
11.5 x 16 in.  

Covered Jar
7 x 17 x 17 in.  
stoneware, glaze wood-fired

Tall Sculptural Form
13 x 7 in.  

Tall Slender Form I
29 x 5 x 5 in.  

Tall Slender form II
27 x 4.5 x 5 in.  

Tall Form Black and Red

Figurative Form
14 x 10.5 x 9.25 in.  

Covered Jar w/ Lacquered Lid
8 x 13 x 13 in.  
stoneware, wood-fired

Two Pieces Joined light
4.75 x 6.5 x 4.5 in.  

Joined Sculpture w/ Opening
4 x 11 x 8 in.  
stoneware, wood-fired

Three Peices Joined light w/Blue
5 x 7 x 6.5 in.  

Four Pieces Joined, Pale
5 x 7 x 5 in.  

Three Pieces Joined, Dark
5.25 x 7.5 x 6 in.  

Three Point Abstract Sculpture
8 x 4 in.  
stoneware, salt glazed, wood-fired

Flower Container
17.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 in.  
stoneware, wood-fired

Five Dancing Forms
8 x 8 x 7 in.  
stoneware, salt glazed, wood-fired

Umber, Tan and White
8.5 x 8 x 5 in.  
stoneware, salt glazed, wood-fired

Close Friends
9 x 8 x 4 in.  
stoneware, salt glazed, wood-fired

Sculptural Form Red, Dark Grey, no lid
14.75 x 9 x 9 in.  

Lidded Jar
21 x 15 x 15 in.  
stoneware, glaze wood-fired

One Part Vessel
7 x 3.25 x 3 in.  
stoneware, salt glazed, wood-fired