The Museum of Craft and Folk Art will sell a 9” x 12” 200-page catalogue produced by The Rochester Art Center to accompany the exhibition. The catalogue has over 100 color images and black and white photographs. It includes an essay by Catherine Futter, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Nelson Atkins Museum, who received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University in 1993 and specialized in American and European decorative arts from 1850 to the present. Also included is an essay on the art and life of Warren MacKenzie written by Rob Silberman, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. The catalogue also includes a curator’s statement, an exhibition history, bibliography, and a list of artworks and their lenders.
Please pre-order your catalogue by calling 415.227.4888 ext. 10
|Warren MacKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter
Thursday June 11
Member/Press preview, 4-5pm;
Opening reception and book signing, 5-7pm
Warren MacKenzie will be signing copies of the catalog for Warren MacKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter.
|Pottery Exhibition & Sale: The Legacy Continues
June 11 – July 12, 2009
The Legacy Continues, an exhibition and sale of Warren MacKenzie and eleven of his students: Martye Allen, Wayne Branum, Tim Crane, Barbara Diduk, Paul Dresang, Marlene Jack, Randy Johnston, Jeff Oestreich, Mark Pharis, Michael Simon, and Sandy Simon.
|In Conversation with Warren MacKenzie and Sandy Simon
Friday June 12th
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Join us in the gallery for an intimate gathering with world renowned potter Warren Mackenzie and former student and potter Sandy Simon. Both artists will present slides of their work, highlighting careers that have spanned decades. The audience is invited to join in a lively conversation with the artists.
Tickets $50/$45 for members†
Space is limited, and advance registration is required. To reserve your seat, please contact: 415.227.4888 ext.10
†$50 tickets include an individual membership (allowing for unlimited visits for a year and 10% discount in the Museum store)
Proceeds benefit the Museum of Craft and folk Art, a 501 (c) 3, non-profit. Additional donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.
To sponsor a student or guest, you may add an additional donation of $50.00.
Saturday June 13
11am - 5pm
Join us for a special thank you to our members! Members will receive a 20% discount on all merchandise from the Museum store; membership renewals and purchases over $50 will be automatically entered into a raffle for a fabulous gift from the Museum store. Come see our new exhibit and pick up a gift for Father's Day (or for yourself) from our exciting selection of merchandise by local artists.
|Workshop and roundtable discussion with Warren MacKenzie and Janet Koplos
Saturday June 13
TRAX Gallery in Berkeley
On Saturday June 13 TRAX Gallery in Berkeley hosts a workshop and roundtable discussion with Warren MacKenzie and Janet Koplos, contributing editor of Art in America. Advance registration required and information is available at www.traxgallery.com or 510-540-TRAX (8729).
|Family Activity Day*
Saturday September 5
Create your own small clay masterpiece to bring home! Ages 5 and up. RSVP is required for this event. Please call (415) 227-4888 ext. 10 to reserve your space.
1pm: First Tuesday of every month; 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month
All events marked * are free with Museum admission.
For more information about these events, please call the Museum at (415) 227-4888.
Pictured on homepage and top banner:
Warren MacKenzie working in his studio.
Photo by Peter Lee.
Legacy of an American Potter
June 11 – September 13, 2009
Recognized as a true master of 20th century ceramic art, this comprehensive retrospective presents seminal works produced by Warren MacKenzie over a fifty-year period (1948-2005). Representing various styles, forms, and approaches to the art of clay, this exhibition will undoubtedly shed new light on the life and work of one of America’s foremost studio potters. As one of America’s greatest living potters and an inspiration to a new generation of ceramic artists, Warren MacKenzie’s life and work reflects the changing role of the ceramic artist in society from the early modern philosophy of producing works for industry to the emergence of the individual studio potter in the 1950’s. This exhibition pays tribute to Warren MacKenzie as one of the leading pioneers in the studio pottery movement in America today.
Through his traditional, wheel thrown stoneware vessels, Warren MacKenzie embodies not only the fusion of influences of Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada and Soetsu Yanagi, but also his own unique vision where art and life are one and where the presence of the potter’s hand is felt and touched through the utilitarian pots that are produced for use in everyday life.
This exhibition traces art of Warren MacKenzie through works on loan from over twenty institutional and individual collections. The exhibition explores Warren MacKenzie’s development as a potter from his early studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to the unique experiences working with the world-renowned ceramic artists Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada. The exhibition is accompanied by comprehensive associated materials—photographs, didactic materials, films, gallery guides, an audio interview, and a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by leading ceramic art scholars.
Born in 1924, in Kansas City, Missouri, Warren MacKenzie studied ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1947, he graduated from the School and married Alix Kolesky who was his life long collaborator in pottery until her death from cancer in 1962. In 1948 Warren and Alix moved to Minnesota to teach ceramics, sculpture and design at the St. Paul Gallery and School of Art. Over the next fourteen years, Warren and Alix would apprentice with Bernard Leach at St. Ives in England for two years; meet Shoji Hamada and other internationally acclaimed potters and establish a pottery studio in Stillwater, Minnesota. In 1953 Warren began teaching ceramics at the University of Minnesota and in 1954 the MacKenzie’s had their first exhibition of pottery from their new studio at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
The Legacy Continues, a complementary exhibition features the work of eleven of MacKenzie’s former students: Martye Allen, Wayne Branum, Tim Crane, Barbara Diduk, Paul Dresang, Marlene Jack, Randy Johnston, Jeff Oestreich, Mark Pharis, Michael Simon, and Sandy Simon. These works are available for purchase.
Warren MacKenzie Bio:
In 1966 MacKenzie was promoted to full professor at the University of Minnesota and chaired the Department of Studio Arts at the University from 1981-85. During the next twenty-four years, MacKenzie exhibited both nationally and internationally, establishing the University of Minnesota’s ceramics department as one of the leading educational institutions and conducted numerous lectures and workshops throughout the country. Amongst numerous awards, Warren MacKenzie was named Regent’s Professor and a fellow of the International Academy of Ceramics in 1984 and was the first to receive the Minnesota Governor’s Award in Crafts in 1986. In 1990 MacKenzie retired from the university and continues to make pots in his studio and exhibit his work and lecture in America and abroad. In 1997 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota Crafts Council and a year later Warren MacKenzie was honored with the Gold Metal from the American Crafts Council. His work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.; The National Folk Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England; The Contemporary American Crafts Museum in New York; Bernard Leach Study Collection in Bath, England; the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul; the Weisman Art Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis.
This exhibition was organized by the Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minnesota. Support for this exhibition is generously provided by the Windgate Charitable Foundation. Additional support for this exhibition is provided in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsors for the MOCFA exhibition include Association of Clay and Glass Artists; Trax Gallery; Mindy Solomon Gallery; and anonymous donations.