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Warren MacKenzie
From the Studio

July 18 - August 8, 2015

Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER  

Updated April 2018 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 April 12, 2018


Saturday, July 18

2-5 pm

Warren MacKenzie is, at 91, the foremost American potter making functional pottery his form of personal expression. This solo exhibition will include new work and vintage pieces from the 1980's and 90's. Mr. MacKenzie, already professor emeritus, received his honorary doctorate from the University of Minnesota in May 2015.