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Studios Over The Years
2 Interior Tile and Bedroom Tile Door

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

3 Ceramic Tile Doors for Bedroom

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

4 Ceramic Tile Installation

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

5 Ceramic Column Form and Floor Tile

Ceramic Column Form, Floor Tile and Wall Tiles

6 Ceramic Sconces and Walkway

Ceramic Sconces and Walkway

7 Nuaanu Gallery Honolulu 2008

Nuaanu Gallery Honolulu 2008

8 Nuaanu Gallery Honolulu 2008

Nuaanu Gallery Honolulu 2008

9 Greenware in the Studio Drying

Greenware Drying in the Studio

10 Ceramic Sconce Masking for Underglaze Application

Ceramic Sconce Masking for Underglaze Application

11 Bisqueware Ready for Glazing

Bisqueware Ready for Glazing

12 Relief Tiles Ready for Glazing

Relief Tiles Ready for Glazing

13 Bisqued Planters Plates and Sculpture

Bisqued Planters Plates and Sculpture

14 Greenware and Bisque in the Studio

Greenware and Bisque in the Studio

15 Large Planter and Rigging Equipment

Large Planter and Rigging Equipment

16 Finished Tables Ready for Installation and Grout  980 each

Finished Tabletops Ready for Installation and Grout $980 each

17 Two 47.5 inch Ceramic Table Tops

Two 47.5 inch Ceramic Table Tops $980 each

18 Studio Interior

Studio Interior

19 Studio

Studio

20 Studio

Studio

21 Bisque Ready for Underglaze Application

Bisque Ready for Underglaze

22 Artist Applying Underglaze

Applying Underglaze

23 Brushing Underglaze

Brushing Underglaze

24 Brushing Underglaze

Brushing Underglaze

25 Brushing Underglaze

Brushing Underglaze

26 Airbrushing Underglaze

Airbrushing Underglaze

27 Applying Overglaze

Applying Overglaze

28 Applying Overglaze

Applying Overglaze

29 Overglazing in Studio

Overglazing in the Studio

30 Overglazing Relief Tiles and Sconces

Overglazing Relief Tiles and Sconces

31 Applying Overglazes on Sconces and Tiles

Applying Overglazes on Sconces and Tiles

32 Checking Temperature in Spyhole

Checking Temperature in Spyhole

33 Glaze Temperature Reached

Glaze Temperature Reached

34 Finished tiles on Lanikai beach  28 X 19 inch each 2005

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

35 Tile Yard 20  X 8

Tile Yard 20’ X 8’

36 Ceramic Studio Sale

Ceramic Studio Sale

37 Glazing in SB Studio 1998

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.  

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.

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