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Donna L. McGee

Biography to Display: 

1952 Born Chicago, Illinois

EDUCATION

1974 BS Re-creation, Art and Society, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

1977 Jacob Cramer Centre for the Arts, Leeds, Yorkshire, England

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1977— Studio Potter

2011-2014Assistant to the Editor, Studio Potter

 

Donna McGee works in low-fire, red earthenware clay. Her pieces are wheel-thrown or slab-built. The surfaces are decorated with slips, underglaze pens, pencils, stains, and chalks. Surface decoration begins by applying a layer of slip. She then scratches through layers of slip using the sgraffito technique. The drawing forms the base she uses to structure the rest of the surface work. These spontaneous drawings are based on her sketchbook drawings of the human figure, fields, farm and domestic scenes. McGee fires her work in an electric kiln in an oxidation firing. Drawings and motifs on her pieces are inspired by constant sketches of people, places, domesticity.

Public Collections

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Fairbanks, Jonathan and Angela Fina. Best of Pottery. Boston, MA: Rockport Publishers, 1996.

George, Phyllis. Crafts in America. Fort Worth, TX: The Summer Group, 1993.

Gustin, Christopher and Chris Staley. Best of Pottery, Volume 2. Rockport, MA: Rockport Publishers, 1998.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download

Website(s):

donnamcgee.com

Artist's Studio: Donna McGee

 

Typical Marks

Signature (last name only) incised into raw clay, sometimes through contrasting slip. Locations: On bottom of thrown pots, on back of slab work.

1978—
1978-1982
ca. 1990-1999
2007
2017
2018
Teapot
Date: ca. 1990-1999
Form: Teapot
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown (Engobe brushed on, ceramic pencil and underglazes, transparent glaze, oxidation fired. Grapevine handle hand-crafted by artist.)
Surface Technique: Underglaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.70ab, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.70ab, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Nine Faces
Date: 2007
Form: Tile
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Mixed Methods
Surface Technique: Engobe, Matt Glaze, Oxidation Fired, Sgraffito
Photo: John Polak
Three Tumblers
Date: 2014
Form: Tumbler
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Brushwork, Engobe, Glaze, Sgraffito, Slip, Underglaze

Three wheel-thrown tumblers with painted slips, underglaze paints, pen, chalk and crayon.

Collection of Mary Jo Pehle, Mary Beth Stork, Kathy Ann Taylor
Photo: John Polak
Collection of Mary Jo Pehle, Mary Beth Stork, Kathy Ann Taylor
Photo: Donna McGee
Mug
Date: 2017
Form: Mug
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: John Polak
Photo: TMP
Mug
Date: 2018
Form: Mug
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown (Brushwork, slip, salt and soda, woodfire.)
Surface Technique: Woodfire
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified July 11, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/mcgee