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Douglas Kenney Galleries

History of Work - Gallery

1981 - Crystal Glazed Porcelain Bottle, wheel thrown at Mesa College, San Diego

1983 – First Mesa College Craft Sale, highfire, wheel thrown bowl with copper red glaze

1983 – First Stacked Form, sagger fired ceramics with a concrete base, made at SDSU

1985 – Pompeii Ruins and Stack Form, sagger fired ceramics with concrete base, made at SDSU

1985 – Distorted Wheel Thrown Vessel, wood fired ceramics, made at SDSU

Senior Show, sagger fired ceramics with concrete base, made at SDSU

1987 – Mechanical Ceramics, raku fired ceramics, 18” diameter, made at RIT

1989 – History of Ceramics, raku fired ceramics, 18” diameter, made at RIT

1990 – Earthenware Plate, low fired ceramics, 22.5” diameter

Earthenware Plate, low fired ceramics, 22.5” diameter

1990 – Totem One, Stoneware Ceramics, concrete, steel, 96” height

1990 – Totem Two, Stoneware Ceramics, concrete, steel, 96” height

1991 – Plate NO13, low fired ceramics, 23” diameter

1992 – Plate M5, low fired ceramics, 23.5” diameter, gift of the Washington Post to the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art

1992 – Plate OE12, low fired ceramics, 23” diameter

1992 – Sculpture SC23, sagger fired ceramics, 24” height

1992 – Organic Sculpture, sagger fired ceramics, 18” height

1992 – Vase VR1, raku fired ceramics, 29” height

1993 – Sculptural Plate OR6, low fire ceramics, 24 X 24 X 10.5

1993 - Tile D, low fire ceramics mounted on plywood, 54 X 24 X 5”

1993 – Totem T3, mid temperature ceramics, concrete, steel, 74” height

1994 – Totem 4, stoneware ceramics, steel, 120 inch height

1995 – First Shigaraki Kiln Firing

1995 – Intersecting Lines, stoneware ceramics, overglazes, lusters, 37.5” diameter, photo taken at East Beach, Santa Barbara

1995 – Working in the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park studio in Japan

1996 – Architectural Relic, stoneware, overglazes, lusters, 38 X 19 X 4”

1996 – Red Circle, stoneware ceramics, underglaze, clear glaze, 26” diameter

1996 – Shadows, stoneware ceramics, underglaze, clear glaze, overglazes, lusters, 39” diameter

1997 – Black Line, mid temperature ceramics (2200 F) underglazes, clear glaze, 32” diameter

1997 - Totem 1, mid temperature ceramics (2200 F), concrete, steel, underglazes, clear glaze, overglazes, lusters, 108” height

1997 - Totem 2, mid temperature ceramics (2200 F), concrete, steel, underglazes, clear glaze, overglazes, lusters, 108” height

1997 - Two Totems at Art Inc Gallery

1998 - Artist on the Wheel

1998 - Artist Portrait

1998 - Big Plate Wall

1998 - First Big Plate Wall Santa Barbara

1998 - Glazing in Santa Barbara Studio

1999 - Douglas Kenney and 2nd Santa Barbara Studio Wall

1999 - Artist Portrait

1999 - Small Totem and Huge Plate

2000 - Makua Tile, mid temperature ceramics, underglazes, clear glaze, 24 X 24”

2000 - Porcelain Blue, porcelain ceramics, underglazes, clear glaze, 23 inch

2001 - Kailua, Hawaii Studio Sale

2002 - Round Circle Totem during fabrication

2002 - Studio Interior

2005 - Faenza Competition Exhibition, Museum of International Ceramics, Faenza, mid temperature ceramics (2200 F), 32” diameter

2005 - Lanikai Beach Sunset

2005 - Tiles and Plate and Lanikai Beach

2005 - Totems and Lights in Front of Studio

2007 - Wall Relief detail

2007 - Wall Relief, mid temperature ceramics (2200 F), underglazes, clear glaze, overglazes, lusters, 27 X 19”

2008 – Installation Nuuanu Gallery Honolulu, Photo: Michael Sendry

2009 - Abstract Palm Hybrid, mid temperature ceramics (2200 F), underglazes, clear glaze, 09-11, 24.5” diameter

2010 - Lost Grid, mid temperature ceramics (2200 F), underglazes, clear glaze, 10-PT1, 21 inch diameter

2010 - Ocean Abstraction, mid temperature ceramics (2200 F), underglazes, clear glaze, 10-4, 21 inch

   

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.

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.

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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

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