Warren MacKenzie studied painting and ceramics at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and later traveled to England where he, and his then-wife Alix, apprenticed with Bernard Leach from 1949 – 1952. In 1952, he began his tenure at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, where he is now a professor emeritus. MacKenzie was bestowed with the honor of Regis Master by Northern Clay Center in 1997, in honor of his influence on 20th and 21st Century ceramics. Now in his eighties, he still makes pots daily at his home studio in Stillwater, and he sells his wares at a handful of galleries throughout the states, including at NCC.
Some of these pieces are part of NCC's secondary market sale showcasing select objects (both older and more contemporary) from various private and personal collections. 100% of proceeds from these sales support a variety of opportunities for emerging artists, including the Emerging Artist Residencies, which now annually provides two artists with a fully-subsidized studio space and a modest firing/materials stipend, and the Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award, which provides an opportunity for students and emerging artists to continue their ceramic research and education for a period of up to twelve consecutive months within a grant year, further expanding their professional development.
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