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A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes


August 27, 2011 - December 4, 2011

Organized by Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, Arizona, the Currier Museum of Art presented A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes, celebrating Karnes’ more than 60-year career at the forefront of the studio pottery movement. From her dramatic salt-glazed pottery of the 1960s and ‘70s, to her most recent complex joined sculptural pieces, Karnes (born 1925), of Morgan, Vermont, is one of the medium’s most influential working potters and is a mentor to several generations of studio potters.  Throughout her career, Karnes has created some of the most iconic pottery of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.  She has worked at some of the most significant cultural settings of her generation including North Carolina’s avant-garde Black Mountain College and Gate Hill Cooperative in Stony Point, NY in the 1950s.