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.