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Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER

Updated April 2018

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 April 12, 2018

Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Drop Rim Bowl w/Iron Marks Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Drop Rim Bowl w/Iron Marks, 2016 v2 Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Drop Rim Bowl w/Iron Marks, 2016 v3
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Drop Rim Bowl, Tenmoku Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Drop Rim Bowl, Shino, Large Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Drop Rim Shino
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Vase, Grey Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Disc shaped Vessel Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Yellow Vase
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 - Shino Vase with Wide Facets Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Iron over Shino Vase w/ Stamp Marks Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tan Vessel with Indents
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Carved Vase Cream and Grey Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Brown Jar with Rope Markings Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Footed Bowl, Matte Grey w/Tire Tracks
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Bowl with Rope Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Bowl Medium with Banding Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Bowl with Tracks
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Bowl, Four Corners 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 - Set of Six Shino Plates, Small Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Teapot, Shino Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Teapot
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Platter with Finger wipes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Platter, Small, Brown Drips w/ Line Across Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Platter w/Brown glaze around the Edge
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Platter, Medium, Brown Drips Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Teapot, Tan Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Fluted Tan Teapot 2015
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Double-Rim Bowl Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Jar w/Finger Wipes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Large Bowl with Flange, White with Blue Splatters
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Medium Yellow Platter with Stripes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Warren MacKenzie: American Potter Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Grey Fluted Teapot 2016
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Bowl, Shino with Wipes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Bowl with Finger Swipes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Bowl w/ Finger Wipes
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Medium Platter with Finger Wipes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Medium Shino Platter w/Wipes Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Platter w/Markings
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Large Grey Platter Yellow and Iron Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tan Platter with Iron Pours Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Amber Button Box
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Bowl, Large Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Jar with Lid Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Shino Bowl with Lid
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Button Box, Faceted Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Largest Button Box Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - White Triangular Button Box
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Footed Shino Bowl Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Brown on White Extra Large Button Box Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Button Boxes
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tall Shino Button Box Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Lidded Jar, Shino, Faceted  Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Lidded Jar, Shino, Faceted
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Platter, Tenmoku with White Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Platter with Green, 15in Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Platter, Tenmoku with Green Swirls
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Bowl w/Band Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Bowl, Faceted Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Faceted Bowl, Large
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Amber Bowl w/Tracks 2016 Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Set of Tenmoku Bowls Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Set of Amber Bowls
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tall Yellow Bottle 2016 Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tall Blue Bottle Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Vase
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Faceted Tenmoku Bowl Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Fluted/Footed Tenmoku Bowl Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Platter, Drips
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Bottle with Lines Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Vase, Tenmoku Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Platter
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Bowl, Tenmoku, Double Rim Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Teapot, Large, Vintage V1 Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Tenmoku Teapot, Large, Vintage V2
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Medium Grey Platter, Iron w/Blue Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Blue Bowl Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Blue Bowl w/Horizontal Lines
Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - White Lidded Jar w/ Brush Marks, 2013, V2 Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Yellow Curved Bowl, Double Rim Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER - Grey Brown Bowl w/Tracks 2016


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