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Karen Newgard

Karen Newgard

Karen Newgard uses the sgrafitto carving technique on porcelain attaining a near-graphic quality and clarity of image. Influenced by the drawing style associated with Southern Folk Art, Karen draws in flattened perspective and from many vantage points, encircling the vessel with natural patterns, birds, flowers and interior scenes. She finishes the wheel thrown pots in a salt kiln to glaze and activate the surface of her pots. This firing method promotes subtle color variations in the clay and also glazes the pot. The fire completes the process making each piece a one of a kind

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Karen Newgard Oval Baker at MudFire Gallery
Price: $120.00
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Karen Newgard Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Karen Newgard Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Karen Newgard Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Karen Newgard Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Karen Newgard Sgraffito Porcelain Tree Cup at MudFire Gallery
Price: $44.00
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Karen Newgard Sgraffito Porcelain Tree Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Karen Newgard Sgraffito Porcelain Honey Pot at MudFire Gallery
Price: $85.00
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Karen Newgard Bird Vase at MudFire Gallery
Price: $225.00
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Karen Newgard Bird Pitcher at MudFire Gallery
Price: $210.00
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Karen Newgard Bird Tray at MudFire Gallery
Price: $90.00
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Karen Newgard Bird Jar at MudFire Gallery
Price: $125.00
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Karen Newgard Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $44.00
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Karen Newgard Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $44.00
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Karen Newgard Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $44.00
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Karen Newgard Bird Cup at MudFire Gallery
Price: $46.00
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Karen Newgard Bird Cup at MudFire Gallery
Price: $46.00
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Karen Newgard Bird Cup at MudFire Gallery
Price: $46.00
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Karen Newgard Bird Cup at MudFire Gallery
Price: $46.00
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Karen Newgard Bird Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $60.00
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Karen Newgard Bird Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $60.00
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Karen Newgard Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $44.00
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Karen Newgard Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $44.00
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Karen Newgard Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $44.00
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Karen Newgard Serving Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $155.00
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Karen Newgard Small Pitcher at MudFire Gallery
Price: $80.00
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Karen Newgard Dragonfly Teapot at MudFire Gallery
Price: $185.00
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Karen Newgard Clamshell Jar at MudFire Gallery
Price: $140.00
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Karen Newgard Cream & Sugar Set at MudFire Gallery
Price: $115.00
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Karen Newgard Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $52.00
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Karen Newgard at MudFire

Providing ongoing representation
Gallery group show Porcelain, August 2010
Gallery group show Asheville In Atlanta, October 2009
Gallery group show Mug*Shots, August 2009

 

Karen Newgard Artist Bio

I began making pots while studying at Louisiana State University. That elective class turned out to be my new career and obsession. After graduating in 1992, I attended Penland School of Crafts for two years as a Core Student, a work-study scholarship; it was during this time that I decided to become a full time studio potter. Penland was a great place to learn about so much more than my craft and gave me the confidence to strike out on my own. I was exposed to many instructors with many ideas that influenced my pots. I find that my pots are influenced by many sources. Japanese pots for the simplicity in utility, French pots for their ornate qualities and elaborate scenes and handles, English pots for their sense of humor balanced with formality. Another strong influence is the works of my mentors and peers. After completing the Penland program, I moved to Saluda, North Carolina where I begin my pottery business. In 2003 I moved the pottery to Asheville, North Carolina where I continue to make pots full time.

 

Karen Newgard Artist Statement

Growing up in spirited Louisiana gave me a sense of celebration. I strive to make a pot that honors our daily routines with a degree of festivity.

One of my greatest influences is the drawing style associated with Southern Folk Art, flattened perspective and many vantage points. The landscape and the architectural elements found in South Louisiana have also been a strong influence in the development of my imagery along with the works of John Audubon. The natural world has always been a great source for pattern; the stripes created in an empty field, the cadence of a row of crops, a trellis of roses or a bunch of tulips. My interior scenes began with my memories of our family gatherings and my grandparent's farmhouse in Southern Minnesota. Over the years these scenes have evolved into an iconographic encyclopedia that I draw from to create more stories and scenes.

The sgrafitto carving technique developed in the eastern Mediterranean. The images on their pots represented aspects of their everyday experiences. This idea of using scenes and icons from daily life has always been an integral part of my work. Most recently I have been taking the images outside the home and creating home-like scenes for a variety of birds.

The reductive carving method allows me to add movement to the images on the surface of my pots. To further exemplify this notion of lively animation I use salt to glaze and activate the surface of my pots. This firing method promotes subtle color variations in the clay and also glazes the pot. The fire completes the process making each piece a one of a kind.



Karen Newgard Artist Resume

Select Recent Exhibitions:
"Yunomi Invitational" Akar Gallery Iowa City, Iowa March 2009
"Yunomi Invitational" Akar Gallery Iowa City, Iowa March 2008
"Art of the Teapot" Lincoln, Nebraska Curator, Pete Pinell September, 2007
"La Mesa" Santa Fe Clay NCECA Exhibition March 2007
"Off the Wall: An Evolving Exhibition" Harrison Street Gallery Frenchtown, New Jersey January 2006
"30x5" Annual Ceramics Invitational Akar Gallery Iowa City, Iowa, December 2006
Cups, Cups, Cups Invitational Santa Fe Clay Santa Fe, New Mexico August 2005
"Flora and Feathers" The Grovewood Gallery Asheville, North Carolina August 2005
"Stories and Visions of Nature in Clay" Currated by Mark Burleson The Signature Shops &Gallery Atlanta, Georgia January 2005
"Teapots" Hodges Taylor Gallery Charlotte North Carolina July 2004
"Women in Clay: Pots for Daily Use" The Odyssey Gallery October 2003
"Nature & Narratives" A Solo Exhibition Truth in Materials Gallery Lexington, KY June 2003
"Local Dirt" Curator Dirt Gallery Asheville, NC April 2003
"Set the Table" Penland Gallery Penland, NC October 2002
"Cups and Mugs" Reston Art Center Reston, VA February 2002
"Fresh Clay" Lacoste Gallery Northampton, Massachusetts April 2001
"Anniversary Show" Heartwood Gallery Saluda, North Carolina June 2000
"Who's For Dinner?" The Grovewood Gallery Asheville, North Carolina April 2000
"Born to Fire II Glass and Pottery of the Western Carolinas" The Upstairs Gallery Tryon, North Carolina October 1999
"The Odyssey Instructors " The Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina August 1999
"Southeast Clay Invitational" The Blue Spiral Asheville, North Carolina June 1999
The Twentieth Annual Teapot Show" Ferrin Gallery Northampton, Massachusetts July 1999
"The Odyssey Instructors" The Odyssey Gallery Asheville, North Carolina October 1998
"Eating Well" Penland Gallery Penland, North Carolina November 1998
"Teapots and Other Forms" Ferrin Gallery Northampton, Massachusetts July 1998