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WARREN MACKENZIE AND JOHN REEVE
Kindred Spirits

Saturday September 9, 2017 - Saturday September 30, 2017
Reception Sept 9, 3:00 - 5:00 PM




Warren MacKenzie AMERICAN MASTER  

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


John Reeve (1929-2012)  

Guest Curator Nora Vaillant - Following an apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery, John Reeve taught and made pots in the United States, Canada and England.His talent and charisma inspired potters from Big Creek, California to the Kansas City Art Institute, and from Vancouver, British Columbia to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.Reeve’s quest to develop a translucent porcelain clay body suitable for use by studio potters began in the early 1960s.Some Notes on Porcelain, a series of technical articles he published in multiple countries, captures his pioneering work in the field.Reeve regularly visited Minnesota where he taught at the university and made pots with his lifelong friend, Warren MacKenzie.They both shared the conviction that “pots should be made easily and quickly; they should not be elaborate things”.In the late 1980s he moved to New Mexico where he created the studio-based program at Santa Fe Clay before settling in the rural town of Abiquiu.



Come see this historic

exhibition through

September 30


Guest Curator

for John Reeve,

Nora Vaillant


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