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Feather Trade: Carolina Parakeets
Wall grouping 6-6.5"x4" Feather bunches 3-4"x4-4.5"x5" Single bird 10"x12'3.5" Clockwise Pair 1 12"x8.5"x3" Pair 2 11"x11"x3.5" Pair 3 13.5"x8.5"x8"
Hand built porcelain, glaze


Kate MacDowell has been honored with a Kohler Artist Residency and an RACC Professional Development Grant, Zelli Porcelain Award short-list, Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation 'Best of Show,' NICHE Award for hand-built ceramics, CraftForms Visionary Award of Excellence, Oregon College of Art & Craft Individual Merit Award, Penland School of Crafts scholarship, and Kiln Gold Residency at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the US and England, and published in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Her installations appear in the permanent collection of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Wisconsin) and many private collections. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon, and holds a BA and an MAT from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.



My newest work explores our physical and psychological relationships with the animal kingdom.  Whether as proxy, trophy, raw material, or mythic symbol, animals currently occupy a space in our subconscious which layers history, fable, and an awareness of species fragility.   

The use of fur and hide in fashion links to our earliest attempts to psychologically clothe ourselves in order to experience other states of being.  We rely on the sacrifice of primates in laboratories to ensure the health and survival of our own offspring at the same time we look to our origins--our most primal selves--in their behavior and familial bonds.  Again and again we look into the alien and find our own reflection--whether in the martial behavior of ants or in dreams of flight.   

We may also choose to look toward our own destiny as we track early casualties of our transformation of the environment--from the spread of invasive species such as pine-bark beetles to historical extinction events such as the destruction of the passenger pigeon.  In each case our desire or longing for a psychological union between man and nature is complicated by friction and the discomforting feeling that we too are vulnerable to being victimized by our destructive practices.

I use a variety of methods to create these pieces from hand sculpting porcelain, often building a solid form and then hollowing it out, to slip casting and assembling multiples. I see each piece as a captured and preserved specimen, a painstaking record of endangered natural forms and a commentary on our own culpability.  


Portland, Oregon, USA

1995 Brown University, Providence, RI - Masters of the Arts of Teaching (MAT) in English

1994 Brown University, Providence, RI - BA in English and American Literature


2012       Kohler Artist Residency

2010 Professional Development Grant, RACC, Portland, OR

2009 Short-listed, Zelli Porcelain Award 2009, Zelli Porcelain, London, UK

Best of Show, Feats of Clay 2009, Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation, Lincoln, CA

Winner, Ceramics: Hand-built/Molded, 2009 NICHE Awards, Philadelphia, PA

2008 Visionary Award of Excellence, CraftForms 2008, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

First Prize, Honorable Mention, Viewpoint: Ceramics 2008, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA

Best of Show, Clay? II, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA

2007 Individual Merit Award, 2007 Craft Biennial, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

Bob & Peggy Culbertson Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

Kiln God Residency, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME

2013   Fragile Endurance, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2008        After Eden, Beet Gallery, Portland, OR

Window Project II, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR  


2014  "Intense and Fragile: Contemporary Porcelain Sculpture," Russell Hill Rogers Galleries, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX 

2013  Texas Contemporary Art Fair, group exhibit with Mindy Solomon Gallery, Houston, Texas

Body & Soul: New International Ceramics, group exhibit, Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York City, NY 

Responsibility, group exhibit with Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Switzerland 

artParis, art fair, group exhibit with Gallerie Vanessa Quang, Paris, France

Scope NY, group exhibit with Patrajdas Contemporary Art, New York City, NY

2012  Texas Contemporary Art Fair, group exhibit with Mindy Solomon gallery, Houston, TX

German Mettlach Ware & Present-Day Translations, AMOCA (American Museum of Ceramic  Art), Pomona, CA

Earth & Alchemy: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture, Stephen D. Paine Gallery, MassArt, Boston

The solo project Basel 2012, w/ Marina de Caro, Galerie Vanessa Quang, Basel, Switzerland

Natural Macabre, exhibit with Roxanne Jackson and Shay Church, Seattle Design Center, NCECA Concurrent Exhibition 

Earth Precipice,  group exhibit,  Seattle Design Center, NCECA Concurrent Exhibition 

Seeing Ourselves, group exhibit of photography with MUSECPMI, New York, NY

SCOPE New York, group exhibit with Patrajdas Contemporary gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011 SCOPE Miami, B-39, group exhibit with Patrajdas Contemporary gallery, Philadelphia, PA

SCOPE Miami, C-21, group exhibit with Mindy Solomon gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

Night Scented Stock, group exhibit with Marianne Boesky gallery, NYC, NY

Shadowside, Part II, group exhibit with bo.lee gallery, London, UK

Vernisage, group exhibit with Galerie Vanessa Quang, Paris, France 

Art Chicago, group exhibit with Patrajdas Contemporary gallery, Chicago, IL

Florida Souvenirs, group exhibit with Mindy Solomon gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

London Art Fair, group exhibit with bo.lee gallery, London, UK

2010 Find me a gift, group exhibit with Galerie Vanessa Quang, Paris, France

Art London, group exhibit with bo.lee gallery, London, UK

Animal Instinct, John Micheal Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

DIY: A Revolution in Handicrafts, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown!, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

ArtHamptons, group exhibit with Mindy Solomon Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

Shadowside, bo.lee gallery, Bath, U.K.

Art in the Kitchen, artKitchen and Gallery A, Art Amsterdam Fair, Netherlands

NEXT Chicago, Patrajdas Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Café Endlager, exhibition and technology museum, Stuttgart, Germany

Bright and White, Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

Earth Matters, NCECA Invitational, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

CERAM-A-RAMA, Ceramics Research Center auction/exhibit, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

Corporeal Manifestations, Mutter Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2009 Sitka Art Invitational, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, World Forestry Center, Portland, OR

Proverbial Porcelain, Zelli Porcelain, London, UK

Art Fest of Clay and Fire, Sapporo Contemporary Museum, Sapporo, Japan

CURIOSITIES, four person exhibition, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Feats of Clay 2009, Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation, Lincoln, CA

A Mixed Bag of Small Ceramic Wonders, Crossman Gallery, U of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI

2009 NICHE Awards, Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA

2008 CraftForms 2008, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Envisioning a Future, South Seattle Community College Gallery, Seattle, WA

Sculpted Green, 2008 Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, Bellevue City Hall, Bellevue, WA 

Viewpoint:Ceramics 2008, Hyde Art Gallery, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA  

Clay? II, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA

2007 Supernatural, PICA TBA:07, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR 

Craft Biennial, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

The Figure: transcribing the human form, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

2014  San Antonio Current, “Porcelain Gets a Modern Makeover in 'Intense and Fragile'” by Dan R. Goddard, Dec. 3

Vision magazine (China) "Kate MacDowell: Craftsmanship Feature" by Jessica, no. 142, August, pp. 185-189

ARTnews, “10 Cool Trends in Contemporary Ceramic Art” by Alexander Mahany, June 16

Terrart Magazine (Spain), "Body & Soul report” by Merced Coma, no. 44, First Semester 2014 

Art of Ceramics, "Kate MacDowell"  by Carolina Amell, editor Josep Ma Minguet,  publisher: Monsa, Barcelona.  pp. 48-53

New York Times, “It’s Mourning in America “ by Penelope Green (portrait of home of collector Tracy Martin) slide 20. April 9

Ceramics: Art & Perception (Australia), “Body & Soul: New International Ceramics” by Jan Garden Castro, issue #95, March

Es Madrid no Madriz Magazine (Spain), "Kate MacDowell: Fragil conexion" by EMNMM No. 21, March, pp. 34-48

2013 Body & Soul: New International Ceramics, exhibition catalog, curated by Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, MAD Museum, NYC

Zoom on Fashion Trends (Milan), "Clarity" issue, no. 52, Nov. 2013, cover art

Boston Globe, "Arts Wednesday", Oct. 13, p. G3

Ceramics: Art & Perception, "Earth & Alchemy" by Janet Koplos, issue #93, Sept., pp. 70-75

Hey! Modern art & Pop Culture (Paris), "Kate MacDowell" by Anne & Julien, #14, pp. 54-63

Little Thing Magazine (China), "Interview with Kate MacDowell" by O. Elephant, #30, pp. 66-69

American Craft, "More Than Human" by Julie K. Hanus, April/May, Vol. 73, no. 2, p. 33

2012 The Best of 500 Ceramics, Celebrating a Decade in Clay, Lark Crafts

Creator Magazine (UK), Tu Tu Much Media, issue 05, pp. 10-19

Migrate (South Africa), "Kate MacDowell: Change the World" Viva! 015, pp. 20-25, cover

Ceramics Ireland (Ireland), "Natural Macabre" issue 29, pp. 18-20

2011 Rooms Magazine (UK), “Kate MacDowell: the porcelain that pairs…”, by Adan Jerreat-Poole, pp. 12-19, issue #7

SKULL STYLE: Skulls in Contemporary Art and Design (New York), by Farameh Media LLC

Tomorrow's World, cd and single cover art designed by Tom Hingston for Erasure album

Kult Magazine (Singapore), "Animals" issue

Bioephemera, "Kate MacDowell: Bloodless Bodies", by Jessica Palmer, Sept 7

Doppelganger: Images of the Human Being (Berlin), by Gestalten: exploring visual culture  

American Craft, "Craft's New Consciousness", pp. 26-27, review by Savannah Schroll Guz, Feb/Mar 2011

2010 Ceramics Art and Perception, "Corporeal Manifestations", pp. 82-83, review by Colette Copeland, Dec 2010 #82

Dark Inspiration: grotesque illustrations, art and design (Hong Kong), viction:ary, pp. 46-55

American Style, "Kate MacDowell", 2010 Emerging Artists, issue 74, Nov

Ms. Use (Israel), Eco Sex, vol. 2, summer

Eat your Art Out: food in the arts (Netherlands), Harry Ruhe’ & Jeannette Dekeukeleire, artKitchen gallery and Galerie A 

BANG Art (Italy), Speciale Animali, "Amabilichimere", by Rosa Maria Albino, pp. 74-75, #7   

Quotation: Worldwide Creative Journal (Japan), by Daisuke Nishimura, p. 51, no. 8, summer  

Western Humanities Review, cover art and multiple photo illustrations, Vol. LXV, no. 2

Creative Review Magazine (U.K.), “Hi-Res” pp. 20-21, June

Bear Deluxe Magazine, The Creative Nonfiction Issue, “Independent Art”, #30, p. 3

2010 NCECA Invitational Earth Matters Catalog, essays by Nichole Burisch and Glen Brown

Hi-Fructose Magazine, "Cross-sectioning Ghosts with Kate MacDowell”, Jen Pappas, Vol 15

O.K Periodicals (Netherlands), Vol. 4, “Curiosities”, p. 80

Calle20 Magazine (Spain), "Escultures de Sueños”, Luisa Bernal, pp.18-23, No. 46

New York Times Sun. Magazine, "Is There an Ecological Unconscious? ", photo illustrations

notcot, streetanatomy, formfiftyfive, spraygraffic abduzeedo, paulbaines, treehugger, juxtapoz and other websites

2009 Ceramics Monthly, "Curiosities", Upfronts section, September, p. 18

The: Santa Fe’s Monthly Magazine for the Arts, "Curiosities", by Marin Sardy, August, p. 56

500 Ceramic Sculptures, Juror: Glen R. Brown, Editor Suzanne Tourtillott, Lark Books

2008 425 Magazine, "Sustainable Sculptures - Seeing Green in Bellevue", Jenny Lynn Zappala


Sandy Besser (NM), Susan and William Beech (CA), Pat Sullivan and Jim Kolva (WA), George Goldstein (NM),  Cindy Oikawa Gutierrez (NM),  Avra Leodas (NM), Dean Spong (NY),  Margo Jacobsen (OR), Martha Banyas and Michael Hoeye (OR),
 Sandy Japel (OR),  Leo Michelson (OR), Lis Kalogris (PA), Candace Groot (IL), Chris Weitz (CA) , Guillermo del Toro (CA), Tracy Martin (NY), John Michael Kohler Arts Center Permanent Collection