Cambridge, Maryland

Enticed by a potter on a kickwheel at a Waterford, VA fair, Karen began pottery in the early 70s in Washington, DC.

Over these past many years Karen has worked full time as a studio potter, participating in workshops, craft shows and fairs, and as a ceramics teacher, instructing children and adults in independent schools and private studios. She has exhibited her work at shows and galleries in the DC area. In addition to pottery, Karen has worked in stone and watercolor while studying at the Corcoran College of Art.

Enticed again, this time by marriage to a lifelong friend and a move to the Eastern Shore, Karen now lives in Cambridge, MD, and works out of her basement studio. She is a member of the Clay Guild of the Eastern Shore and Main Street Gallery. Karen currently teaches pottery at Hinckley Pottery Studio in Washington, DC, one day each week year-round and, during the academic year, teaches studio Ceramics at Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Karen creates wheel-thrown, functional pieces in stoneware and porcelain, and hand-built pieces using different firing methods: cone 6 oxidation, cone 10 reduction, and low-fire Raku. Most recently she is celebrating the female character from mythological, historical, political, and fictional sources, creating hand-built, functional/sculptural pieces, her “Lady Carafes.”

Achieving a pleasing form and surface is the motivation for her work. Karen finds special pleasure in the notion that she is creating pieces that may enhance the daily activities of people’s lives, and in the act of sharing her love of this exceptionally responsive medium.

Her work is currently on display at Terasol, an artisan gallery in Washington, DC, and at Main Street Gallery in Cambridge, MD.


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