Saturday, August 17, 2013

Warren MacKenzie Pots at Schaller Gallery


Warren MacKenzie - Wikipedia:

Warren MacKenzie (born February 16, 1924) is a North American craft potter. 

He grew up in Wilmette, Illinois the second oldest of five children including
his brothers, Fred and Gordon and sisters, Marge (Peppy) and Marilyn.
His high school days were spent at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.
MacKenzie and his first wife, Alix, studied with Bernard Leach from 1949 to 1952.
His simple, wheel-thrown functional pottery is heavily influenced by the oriental
aesthetic of Shoji Hamada and Korean ceramics. He is credited with bringing
the Japanese Mingei style of pottery to Minnesota, fondly referred to as
the "Mingei-sota style."

MacKenzie has described his goal as the making of "everyday" pots.

Accordingly, although his pots are found in major museums and command high 
prices among collectors, MacKenzie has always kept his prices low and
for various time periods did not sign his work (1970s, most of the 2000s)
until recently resuming the use of his chop at the end of 2009. Most of
his output is produced in stoneware, although he has worked in porcelain
at times during his career.

These are my favourites of the pots in his current show at Schaller Gallery (all 
sold by now, but there are a few other pieces still available as of today). See also
my MacKenzie piece (the pitcher at the end of this post) that I acquired
from Schaller Gallery some time ago.

And here is the MacKenzie pitcher in my collection:


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