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Karen Ford

Biography to Display: 

1960Born Arlington, Virginia


UnknownBS Textiles Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York


UnknownSilvermine School of Art, New Canaan, Connecticut

1998—Designer, studio potter, Westport, Connecticut


Karen Ford is known for a line of Asian high fired dinnerware that is a fusion of porcelain and bits of glass. She creates patterns on her press molded or slumped pieces using motifs drawn from the natural world.  The addition of crushed glass to the pieces before its second firing results in the blended colors that are characteristic of her work.

Ford initially pursued a career in advertising but after a pottery class at Parsons School of Design she focused on working with clay. She studied throughout the country attending workshops at craft and art centers with many artists who either studied or lived in Japan. Ford seeks to make work that is aesthetically pleasing and functional. She is interested in the concept of food, the ritual and experience of eating and the interaction of the user.




Typical Marks

Flat stamp black underglaze.

Plate-Filigree Imprint Collection for Anthropologie
Date: August 2013
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Slab-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Melted Glass
Photo: Karen Ford
Blue Celadon Tea Set
Date: ca 2014
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Celadon
"TeaTime: Annual National Invitational," 2014, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York
Photo: Loren Maron
"TeaTime: Annual National Invitational," 2014, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 9, 2023.