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Kay Feist

Biography to Display: 

1941Born Great Falls, Montana

EDUCATION

1963BA, Art, English, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana

1967MA, Ceramic Sculpture, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1963-1964Art, English Teacher, Livingston High School, Livingston, Montana

1968–Professional Potter, Great Falls, Montana

1969-1976Arts and Crafts Director, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls, Montana

1984-1988Professor of Art, University of Great Falls, Great Falls, Montana

 

Kay Feist is known for wheel-thrown and hand built stoneware functional and decorative ceramics with a focus on slab built mugs and sculpture. Her work is made using a variety of techniques and fired in a gas kiln to cone 10 (2, 350 F). Wheel-thrown forms are completed on a kick wheel, while hand built work is made from rolling flat slabs of clay and forming them when leather hard. The imagery in Feist’s surface treatments ranges from geometric to biomorphic. She relies on colored clay slips, fine applicators, sprigging and sgraffito to develop patterns before glazing and firing.

While the majority of Feist’s works revolve around function, Feist also makes ceramic masks and figurative sculpture. She primarily works with stoneware clays and completed work features an earth-toned palette. A student of Rudy Autio and Frances Senska, Feist took their ceramic advocacy efforts in the state of Montana to heart.

Over the course of 40 years, Feist rebuilt and moved her 40 cubic foot gas kiln several times to areas where artists would directly benefit. In 2015, she gifted her kiln to Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls, Montana for use in their Ceramic Arts Programing.  

A gifted teacher and ceramics technician, Feist has shared her knowledge and expertise with countless makers in Montana.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Montana Expo Park Permanent Collection, Great Falls, Montana

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Ozment, Sarah. “Glass and Clay Art at UGF.” Lumen Press, December 5, 2002.

Sluys, Kathy. “Our Cover Artist, Kay Feist.” Aurora: Life in the Great Falls Area 22, no. 2 (2003).

 

 

Typical Marks
1967
1970
2006
2011
Covered Jar
Date: 1967
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Abstraction
Date: 1970
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Sculpture
Date: 1974
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Jar
Date: 1977
Form: Vessel
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Platter
Date: 2006
Form: Platter
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Slab Vase
Date: 2012
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Vase
Date: 2012
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze, Sprig
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Mug
Date: 2015
Form: Mug
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze, Sprig
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Weed Pot
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Christina Fugate
Photo: TMP
Christina Fugate
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified April 16, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/feist