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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Douglas Kenney Ceramic Art in the 22nd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition 2018 San Diego, California - March 23, 2018 -

Contemporary ceramist, Douglas Kenney, will show his art at the 22nd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition exhibition at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo, Texas. Link here: http://www.samfa.org/ceramic-competition . This juried exhibition will feature a selection of the nation’s best ceramic artists. The show runs April 20, (opening 6 to 9 pm) thru June 24, 2018. Kenney’s “Red Sun and Line” Ceramics, 21” Diameter, 2017 is the work accepted for this competition. Kenney creates his work with embedded dry clays and slips applied into the wet clay slab. The piece is then draped over a plaster mold while a coil foot is added on a spinning potter’s wheel. After the first fire, underglazes are splashed, painted and airbrushed followed by an application of clear glaze. The work is fired in an electric kiln to 2167 F and is later cabled on the back with marine grade wire for wall display. Douglas Kenney’s work is a mixture of nature (organic) and the man-made (geometric). The plate is a canvas for the mixture of these symbols. He draws inspiration from nature and its rugged beauty and uses it in contrast to the hard lines and geometric shapes that emulate our cities, roads and the digital age. The roundness of the plate itself is a symbol of power, like the earth, moon and sun. Kenney discovered his passion for ceramics in high school and has since built a career that spans the past 38 years. Collections include the Smithsonian, Renwick Gallery, Shigaraki Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Japan and the City of Honolulu. He earned a MFA in Ceramics/Ceramic Sculpture from Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craft in 1989. Contact: Douglas Kenney Websites: http://douglaskenneyceramics.com/, http://www.kidslikeclay.com/, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 10805 Hess Drive, La Mesa, CA 91941, Phone (619) 567-6964 ###

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Douglas Kenney Ceramic Art Accepted in the California Clay Competition 2018 Davis, California San Diego, California – March 16, 2018 - Contemporary ceramist, Douglas Kenney, will exhibit his art at the 29th annual California Clay Competition exhibition 2018, Artery Gallery, in Davis, California. This juried exhibition will feature a select few of California’s best ceramic artists. The show runs from April 27, (opening 7 to 9 pm) thru May 5, 2018. Kenney’s artwork is a combination of embedded dry clays and slips applied onto wet clay with additional layers of underglaze painted and airbrushed on to bisqueware. The layers are then covered with a clear glaze and fired in an electric kiln to 2167 F. “Tile 1,” 20 X 20” and “Plate 2,” 21” accepted for this exhibition, are fitted with a marine grade, stainless cable on the back of each piece for wall display. Kenney has forged a ceramic language that fuses the abstract and the human, the geometric and organic. His entire 38-year career as a ceramic artist has been dedicated to developing this visual language. His artworks are statements on color, movement, and emotion. These unique pieces are clay canvases that convey Kenney's unique vision of ceramic expression. It is an abstract vision, reminiscent of Kandinsky and Pollack, yet totally original and not at all derivative. Inspiration for his art comes from a love of nature and the careful integration of the manmade. It is a utopian vision of how we live in the environment. Academically trained, Kenney earned his MFA in Ceramics/Ceramics Sculpture from Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craft. Collections include: Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, Shigaraki Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art and The City of Honolulu. Contact: Douglas Kenney Websites: douglaskenneyceramics.com, kidslikeclay.com Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 10805 Hess Drive, La Mesa, CA 91941 Phone (619) 567-6964

I've been making some big tiles lately with underglazes applied on greenware and bisque, with a clear glaze on top, fired to 2185 F (1196 C). I use Laguna buff sculpture cone 5 clay because it hardly, ever cracks and is super strong after firing - and it does not craze with Laguna clear bright glaze. I make large slabs with this clay by hand. The tile in the photo above has an embedded porcelain pieces in the surface. Because the color of the clay itself is tan, I usually cover the tile/slab with white slip. This white background makes underglazes appear brighter and more vibrant. My goal is to make art out of each piece so I do different things to each one to make it one-of-a-kind. I like to use underglazes because one can get almost any color possible. Also, layering of colors on top one another other is easy, they don't move or bleed like glazes, and when applying them to the surface of the clay they look like a matte version of the piece after firing. Underglazes are a pleasure to use when creating ceramic artwork.

Here are some in-process press-molded ceramic sculptures, ceramic tiles and ceramic plates made here at the clay studio in La Mesa, CA. These will soon be available for purchase.

Douglas Kenney had a very strong showing at the both the Beverly Hills Art Show as well as at the Pasadena Contemporary Crafts Market. Here's photos of the booths.

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.

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