past exhibition

Warren MacKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter

November 18 - January 13, 2008

Warren MacKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter is an exhibition presenting 300 seminal works produced by the artist over a sixty-year period (1947-2006). Recognized as a true master of 20th Century ceramic art, MacKenzie embodies eastern and western ceramic traditions and his vision of fusing art and life.

In the early 1950’s, MacKenzie studied under Bernard Leach, a renowned studio potter in England who focuses on the aesthetic aspects versus the function of everyday pottery. His works also carry Japanese influences of Shoji Hamada and Soetsu Yanagi, both celebrating passion and expression in handcrafted art of ordinary people.

As a Regents’ Professor Emeritus, the highest honor within the University of Minnesota, MacKenzie has contributed enormously to the field of functional ceramics. The artist, nearing eighty-four years of age, is still producing work in his studio outside of Stillwater, Minnesota.