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Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER

Updated November 2017

Warren MacKenzie studied painting at Art Institute of Chicago then switched to ceramics after serving in WWII. Captivated by pottery, he and his wife Alix made regular trips to Field Museum of Natural History. They then went to England for a happy and productive apprenticeship with Bernard Leach in St Ives meeting Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Shoji Hamada. On their return, they settled in Stillwater, MN where he continued his studio and still lives till today. He became professor of ceramics at the University of Minnesota teaching legions of students and making Minnesota a clay state retiring in 1990 a Regents Professor.


“Don’t overlook the less obvious pieces, the simple bowls, plates or yunomi…extraordinary objects because they are ordinary objects. It is in these that you will find the real pots, the real MacKenzie” John Reeve


The Warren MacKenzie
Scholarship Fund has been
set up at the Northern Clay Center,
Minneapolis MN.
A portion of each sale will go to this.
Individuals may contribute too.

UPDATED August 30 2017

Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - White Lidded Jar w/ Brush Marks, 2013, V2 Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Drop Rim Bowl, Tenmoku Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Platter with Green, 15in
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Platter, Tenmoku with White Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Platter, Tenmoku with Green Swirls Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Yunomis, amber with track marks
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Bowl, Shino with Wipes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Teapot, Shino Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Vase, Tenmoku
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Button Boxes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Set of Tenmoku Bowls Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tall Yellow Bottle 2016
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tall Blue Bottle Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Amber Button Box Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Set of Amber Bowls
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Amber Button Box Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Button Box, Blue Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Small Button Box, Blue w/Lines
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Button Box, Lines, Brown Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Grey Fluted Teapot 2016 Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Button Box, Faceted
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Vase Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Vase with Wide Facets Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Bowl with Tracks
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Bowl with Rope Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Medium Shino Platter w/Wipes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Teapot
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Blue Pitchers Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Platter, Medium, Brown Drips Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Platter, Small, Brown Drips w/ Line Across
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Platter with Finger wipes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Set of Six Shino Plates, Small Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Platter w/Brown glaze around the Edge
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Platter Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Platter, Drips Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Teapot, Tan
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Jar w/Finger Wipes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Bowl Medium with Banding Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Bowl w/ Finger Wipes
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Brown on White Extra Large Button Box Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Medium Yellow Platter with Stripes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tan Platter with Iron Pours
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Oatmeal Teapot w/Brush Marks Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Large Bowl with Flange, White with Blue Splatters Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Grey Brown Bowl w/Tracks 2016
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Medium Platter with Finger Wipes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Jar with Lid Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Bowl with Lid
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Bottle with Lines Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Teabowl Large w/ Foot, View 1 Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Teabowl Large w/ Foot, View 2
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Brown Jar with Rope Markings Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Amber Bowl w/Tracks 2016 Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Grey, Yellow and Iron Platter
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Warren MacKenzie: American Potter Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Jar with Handles and Black Rim Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Jar with Finger Marks
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Jar w/Stamping and Ash Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tall Vase w/ Finger Wipes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino with Handles, Tan over Red
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Vase, Yellow with Embossed Pattern Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Iron over Shino Vase w/ Stamp Marks Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Faceted Tenmoku Bowl
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tan Vessel with Indents Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tan Vase with Finger Wipes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Fluted/Footed Tenmoku Bowl
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tall Faceted Tenmoku Vase Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Small Shino Teapot with Pie Crust Edge Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Medium Grey Platter, Iron w/Blue
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Carved Vase Cream and Grey Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Double-Rim Bowl Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Yellow Vase
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tall Shino Button Box Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - White Triangular Button Box Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Drop Rim Shino
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Fluted Tan Teapot 2015 Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Blue Bowl Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Fluted Shino Jar with Lid
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Drop Rim Bowl w/Iron Marks Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Yellow Bowl w/Tracks 2016 Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Blue Bowl w/Horizontal Lines
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Platter w/Markings Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Large Grey Platter Yellow and Iron Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Faceted Waterfall Vase
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Bowl with Finger Swipes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Vase with White Drips Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Three Sided Button Box w/Drips
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Four Sided Shino Button Box Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Largest Button Box Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Button Box
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Bowl, Four Corners Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Teabowl Small w/Foot Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Bowl, Tenmoku, Double Rim
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Drop Rim Bowl, Shino, Large Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Jade Teapot Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Vase w Lines, View 2
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Teapot, Large Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Lidded Jar, Shino, Faceted  Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Lidded Jar, Shino, Faceted
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Iron Over Shino Vase W/Stamp Marks


Education
1947        Art Institute of Chicago
1949-52     Apprenticeship, Studio of Brenard Leach, St Ives England

Academic Appointment
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1990- Present Regents Professor Emeritus
1984-90 Regents Professor
1981-85 Department of Studio Arts, Chair
1966-84 Professor
1961-66 Associate Professor
1957-61 Assistant Professor
1954-57 Lecturer
1953-54 Instructor
1948-50, 1952-35 Instructor, St Paul Gallery and School of Art, St. Paul MN



Selected Solo Exhibitions
2012            "The Power of the Pot" Lacoste Gallery, Concord MA
2011 “Warren MacKenzie: In The Studio” Lacoste Gallery, Concord MA
2009 “Warren MacKenzie: American Potter” Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
2008 “Warren MacKenzie: American Master” Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
2007 “Warren MacKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter,” Retrospective, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN (Touring for two and a half years through six cities)
2003 Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Peck Gallery, Cranston, RI
Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
2002 Gallery Shun, Tokyo, Japan
2001 Babcock Gallery, New York, NY
Raymond Ave Gallery, St. Paul, MN



Selected Collections
Bernard Leach Study Collection, Bath, England
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL
Chunichi Shimbun Collection, Nagoya, Japan
Contemporary Crafts Museum, New York, NY
Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY
Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NE
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Mills College, Oakland, CA
Mingei-kan, (National Folk Art Museum) Tokyo, Japan
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota History Museum, St. Paul, MN
Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul MN
Museum of Applied Art, Helsinki, Finland
Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC
St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN