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Ken McDonald, Barbara Holden, Kennedy McDonald, J Kennedy McDonald

Biography to Display: 

1921 Born Tennessee

1987 Died Florida

EDUCATION

1946-1949 Coursework, Chemistry, Mathematics, Electronics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1941— Radio Man, United States Navy

1946-1954 Co-owner, Markus Ceramics, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

1954-1969 Co-owner, McDonald Pottery, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

 

Kennedy McDonald is known for functional pottery thrown on a kick wheel. Early work was slip molded. The glaze palet included earth tones, opaque whites, and blues.

McDonald and his wife, Barbara McDonald, worked together at McDonald Pottery formerly Markus Ceramics.  They used Ohio red ball clay and fired in a square electric kiln during their years as Markus Ceramics. During the McDonald Pottery years, they switched to stoneware and firing in a gas kiln.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Blim, Sherry L., “ The McDonald Pottery: Clay with a Voice.” Vase Finder, http://www.vasefinder.com/pw-members/articles/mcdonald.pottery.asp

Smith, Samuel D. and Stephen T. Rogers. Tennessee Potteries, Pots and Potters 1790s – 1950 Volume 1. Nashville, TN: Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, 2011.

 

 

 

 

the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
   
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

 

Typical Marks
1957
Vase
Date: 1957
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild

Citation: Jeffrey Kuratnick. "The Marks Project." Last modified October 6, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/mcdonald