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Ani Kasten, Karen Karnes, and Nina Hole

August 11, 2018 - September 1, 2018
August 11, 3 - 5pm



November 1925 - July 2016

Karen Karnes passed peacefully at home on July 12th, 2016. She was a towering figure of the postwar studio pottery movement, pioneering salt-glazing in the 1960s and wood-firing in the 1980s. Her work opened undreamed of possibilities of expression for the handmade pot. For the many potters who knew her, she was a mentor whose work embodied the creative power and singular voice to which we all aspire—her life in complete harmony with her creative vision. Karen Karnes was our artist. Her outspoken honesty, wit, and physical grace were unique and irresistible. The solidarity and love for her colleagues and nurturing support for younger potters changed careers and lives.
- Mark Shapiro

It has been a great privilege to know and represent Karen Karnes, one of the great artists of our time. From her earliest days her work has been strong and sculptural, including her functional pieces. She followed an inner radar true to her artistic vision and could always be counted on for the truth. -Lucy Lacoste

Karen Karnes (1925 - 2016)

Untitled, 2002


Vessel, Tan and White
8 x 9 x 9 in.  

Untitled, 1981
11.5 x 10.5 in.  

Covered Form w/ Floating Cover
5 x 16 in.  

Large Lidded Jar
11.5 x 16 in.  

Covered Jar w/ Lacquered Lid
8 x 13 x 13 in.  
stoneware, wood-fired

Lidded Cylinder, Blue
6.7 x 4.5 in.  


Lidded Jar
21 x 15 x 15 in.  
stoneware, glaze wood-fired

Four Pieces Light w/Blue
6.25 x 8.5 x 6 in.  
woodfired, stoneware

Sculptural Form w/ Blue
14 x 6 x 5 in.  

Bue Sculptural Forms, Pair