American studio potter
pioneer studio potter and teacher Warren MacKenzie went to Britain
in 1949 to study pottery with Bernard Leach,
who had a great influence on his philosophy towards ceramics, as
did Shoji Hamada and Soetsu Yanagi’s Mingei philosophy.
MacKenzie believes that pottery should be utilitarian and not art-oriented
and following that maxim has tried to keep his prices low.
His traditional, wheel-thrown stoneware vessels are simply glazed
and reduction-fired, following the oriental aesthetic. His wife
Alix decorated his pots until she passed away in 1962.
taught at the University of Minnesota from 1952 and is now and is
now professor emeritus there. He continues to make work at his studio
in Stillwater, Minnesota. Similar to Shoji Hamada, MacKenzie, who
celebrated his 80th birthday in February this year (2004), no longer
signs his pots.
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