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Warren MacKenzie

Biography to Display: 

1924Born Kansas City, Missouri

EDUCATION

1941-1943Painting, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1946-1947BFA Ceramics, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1950-1952Apprenticed to Bernard Leach, St. Ives, Cornwall, England

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1953-1990Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1981-1985Department Chair, Studio Arts, University of Minnesota

1953-presentPottery studio, Stillwater Farm, Stillwater, Minnesota

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1950-1952Apprentice to Bernard Leach, St. Ives, England

 

Warren MacKenzie is known for simple, wheel-thrown functional pottery influenced by Bernard Leach and the Japanese aesthetic of the work of Shoji Hamada. In 1950 MacKenzie and his first wife Alix became the first American apprentices at the Bernard Leach pottery at St. Ives. They spent 2 years there where they met Shoji Hamada.

The MacKenzies brought Leach and Hamada for a workshop tour of the United States in 1952. This tour had a far-reaching impact on the American studio pottery movement. MacKenzie is credited with bringing the Japanese Mingei, or folk, style of pottery to Minnesota, where it is known as the Mingei-sota style.  Most of his pieces are produced in stoneware, although he worked in porcelain at times during his career. His first wife, Alix, decorated his pots until her death in 1962. At times during the 1970s and most of the 2000s, MacKenzie did not sign his work. He resumed the use of his chop at the end of 2009.

An interview with Warren MacKenzie conducted October 19, 2002, by Robert Silberman for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America is available at:
http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-warren-mackenzie-12417.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chunichi Shimbun Collection, Nagoya, Japan

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College Art Collection, Grinnell, Iowa

Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, California

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minnesota History Museum, St. Paul, Minnesota

Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, Minnesota

Museum of Applied Art, Helsinki, Finland

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

National Folk Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Scripps College, Claremont, California

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Clark, Garth. American Ceramics: 1876 to Present. New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1987.

Clark, Garth. American Potters: The Work of Twenty Modern Masters. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1981.

Donhauser, Paul S. History of American Ceramics: The Studio Potter. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 1978.

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceramics From Pipkins and Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms, 1607 to the Present. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Peterson, Susan. Contemporary Ceramics. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2000.

Rochester Art Center. Warren Mackenzie: Legacy of an American Potter. San Francisco, CA: Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 2009.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Souce: McKnight Artist Award Brochure, 1999

 

Typical Marks
1951-1952
1953-1962
ca 2000
Jar
Date: ca 2000
Form: Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Shino Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Plate
Date: fired 2014
Form: Plate
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
TMP
Teapot
Form: Teapot
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Bowl
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Cup and Saucer
Form: Cup and Saucer
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Plate
Form: Plate
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Slip Trailing
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Bottle
Form: Bottle
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Bowls
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Yunomi
Form: Yunomi
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Teapot
Form: Teapot
Materials: Stoneware, Mixed Media
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Clay Studio Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photo: TMP
The Clay Studio Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photo: TMP
Tea Bowl
Form: Tea Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers_06_21_2018_Lot #236
Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers_06_21_2018_Lot #236
Tea Bowl
Form: Tea Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers_06_21_2018_Lot #237
Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers_06_21_2018_Lot #237

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified August 30, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/mackenzie