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Studios Over The Years

2 Interior Tile and Bedroom Tile Door. Permanent installation at Kenney’s former studio/house

Bedroom Ceramic Tile Doors. Permanent installation at Kenney’s former studio/house

Ceramic Tile Installation. Permanent installation at Kenney’s former studio/house

Ceramic Column Form, Floor Tile and Wall Tiles

Ceramic Sconces and Walkway

Nuaanu Gallery Honolulu 2008

Nuaanu Gallery Honolulu 2008

Greenware Drying in the Studio

Ceramic Sconce Masking for Underglaze Application

Bisqueware Ready for Glazing

Relief Tiles Ready for Glazing

Bisqued Planters Plates and Sculpture

Greenware and Bisque in the Studio

Large Planter and Rigging Equipment

Finished Tabletops Ready for Installation and Grout $980 each

Two 47.5 inch Ceramic Table Tops $980 each

Studio Interior

Studio

Studio

Bisque Ready for Underglaze

Applying Underglaze

Brushing Underglaze

Brushing Underglaze

Brushing Underglaze

Airbrushing Underglaze

Applying Overglaze

Applying Overglaze

Overglazing in the Studio

Overglazing Relief Tiles and Sconces

Applying Overglazes on Sconces and Tiles

Checking Temperature in Spyhole

Glaze Temperature Reached

Finished Tiles on Lanikai Beach, 28 X 19” each, 2005

Tile Yard 20’ X 8’

Ceramic Studio Sale

Glazing in Santa Barbara Studio 1998

Studios Over The Years

This compilation of pictures reflects some installations that Kenney created as well as images of different artist’s studios over his career.  For more on the artist’s past see history.  

I find working with large scale and intense volume both a challenge, and a satisfaction. Also, here in Hawaii we have great atmospheric light. I have a lot of windows in the studio, and the quality of that light is also an inspiration. Light and color create emotion.

About Douglas Kenney

Born in 1962, San Diego, California, Doug Kenney first worked with clay as a teenager. Next, he took classes at San Diego Mesa College where he earned an Associate Degree in Crafts with an emphasis in Ceramics in 1983. Afterwards, Kenney earned a Bachelor Degree in Applied Design – Ceramics from San Diego State University in 1985.

In 1987 he enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts Program at Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craft which culminated with a MFA Degree in Ceramics in 1989. From 1989-95 Kenney taught Ceramics and Art classes and San Antonio College in Texas. In 1995, he took a hiatus from teaching and participated in an artist in residence program at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, in Shigaraki, Japan.

Returning to the US in 1996, Kenney established a studio in an industrial space in Santa Barbara, California until 1999. In 1999, he moved to Kailua, HI on the island of Oahu and built a new studio space. Kenney moved the studio once again, in 2010, to a 1.81 acre property near Mt Helix, a suburb of San Diego. It is here where he presently maintains a studio and residence.

Kenney’s ceramic exhibitions have been held in Paris, Tokyo, Seoul and many important cities throughout the U.S. Major collectors include: Smithsonian American Art Museum, The City of Honolulu and the The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Museum.

Read More:Douglas Kenney Bio

Artist Statement

Kenney says, "My abstract ceramic pieces are experiments in design. Finding balance between geometric and organic is my goal, like the ideal relationship between humankind and the environment. Abstract design welcomes a little chaos, so long as it does not affect the craftsmanship or integrity of the piece." The forms, colors and glazing and firing techniques of Kenney's work have been developed over three decades of working with clay. Living in Hawaii for 11 years has put a little twist of Hawaii into the visual language of the surface decorations.

Kenney's original concept of old and new ceramics (developed in graduate school) is now an abstracted version of the same idea. He uses traditional forms plates and vases along with stack forms, sculpture and tile to display this surface treatment. Kenney say's, "The excitement in ceramics for me comes from the process of making objects and the finished product when displayed. I like bright colors that stand out while the layering of information creates an illusion of depth. The approach is similar to that of abstract paintings but with ceramics the shape of each object and the permanence of firing make a unique statement."

The latest challenge Kenney is faced with is the completion of the 50' X 30' new studio that is to be built next to his new house on a 1.81 acre property in the Mt. Helix area of San Diego County. It is here where Kenney will continue his ceramic art making endeavors. The new state of the art studio is to be nestled among 85 foot pine trees on a 125' X 65' building pad.

Kenney's ceramic art is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, the City of Honolulu, and the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Museum, in Japan. His art has been exhibited in many important cities throughout the United States, Paris, Tokyo, and Seoul

Read More:Douglas Kenney Bio