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Kari Radasch

Kari Radasch

Kari Radasch’s pots walk a thin line of being at times both sparse and embellished. They boast no fanciful feet, slip trailed embellishments or luscious glaze patterning. Structurally the bodies of her pots are relatively straightforward as is the applique which is carefully placed to activate the surface. Yet knobs, handles, bobbles, and screenprinted decals tend towards bold, unconventional and at times a bit peculiar ornamentation. Both her pots and her surfaces are rooted in the garden, mosaic, contemporary textile, design objects, ornamentation and the unpredictable.

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Kari Radasch at MudFire

Gallery group show American Masters, May 2008
Workshop presenter Making Pots Inside Out and Upside Down, March 2008

 

Kari Radasch Artist Bio

Kari Radasch was born and raised in coastal Maine. She received her BFA from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and her MFA from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. She has been a resident at the IWCAT program in Tokoname Japan, the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. She was an Emerging Artist at the 2004 NCECA (National Council for the Education in the Ceramic Arts) in Indianapolis, received the 2004-2005 Evelyn Shapiro Fellowship at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA and was awarded a 2006 SAC Artist Award by the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. Kari is currently a studio potter living in Westbrook, Maine.

 

Kari Radasch Artist Statement

In life I am most drawn to that which is decorative, celebratory and outrageous. I am touched by such joyful trimmings as architectural embellishments, garden topiary, and ornamental cuisine and confections. I believe that the ritual of "making special" can connect humankind and imbue the world with joy and beauty.

I am not interested in stereotypical refinement and perfection in my work, instead I want there to be a trace of the hand. I view these traces as a gift, as a part of me "making special". I hope to not only hand make objects used for celebration, but to also celebrate the handmade. It is from this perspective that I am most inspired to make decorative, functional pottery.

My pots are made with Terra Cotta clay and formed using simple techniques like pinching, coiling and the rolling of slabs. They are covered with white slip and then painted with sweet and syrupy glazes.



Kari Radasch Resume

Professional:
2003- current, Studio Potter, Westbrook, Maine.
2007, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Advisory Board Member, Newcastle, Maine.
2007, City of Westbrook Arts and Culture Committee, Westbrook, Maine.
Education:
2000-2003, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics, Lincoln, Nebraska. Othemer Fellowship and Full Teaching Assistantship.
1993-1997, Maine College of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics, Portland, Maine. United Maine Craftsman Scholarship.
Education:
2000-2003, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics, Lincoln, Nebraska. Othemer Fellowship and Full Teaching Assistantship.
1993-1997, Maine College of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics, Portland, Maine. United Maine Craftsman Scholarship.
Grants, Fellowships and Awards:
2007, United States Artists Fellowship Nominee, Los Angeles, California.
2006, SAC Artist Award, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts.
2004-2005, The Evelyn Shapiro Fellowship, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2004, NCECA 2004 Emerging Artist, Indianapolis, Indiana.
2003-2004, Resident Artist, University Place Art Center, Lincoln, Nebraska.
2000-2003, Othemer Fellowship, University of Nebraska.
2002, Artist Invite Mentors Residency, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine.
2002, NCECA 2002 Regional Student Juried Exhibition, Graduate Award.
2000-2001, Robert MacNamara Merit Award.
1999-2000, Resident Artist, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine.
1999, Clay Cup VII Purchase Award.
1998, Salad Days Residency, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine.
1997, IWCAT Resident Artist, The International Workshop of Ceramic art in Tokoname Japan.
1995-1996, Maine College of Art, United Maine Craftsman Scholarship.
Solo Exhibitions:
2007, Applique, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts.
2006, Artist of the Month, Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.
2005, Celebratory Objects, Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2004, Featured Artist, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, Illinois.
2003, Kari Radasch, University Place Art Center, Lincoln, Nebraska.
2003, Bella Touch, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Eisentrager- Howard Gallery
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2007, Winterfest, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland.
2007, Gifted, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2007, 90 Teapots that Pour, Xen Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri.
2007 Pottery Invitational, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
2007, Mastery in Clay, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2007, Potluck 07': Artists invite Artists, The Design Gallery, Burnsville, North Carolina.
2007, Eat with your Eyes, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2007, Clay @ Penn 2007: Clay Invitational Exhibition, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2007, Table Tops, Long Beach Island Center for the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, New York.
2007, Art of the Pot Studio Tour, Austin Texas.
2007, Plates and Platters, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2007, Made in Clay, Jane Harstock Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, New York.
2007, Summer 2007 Preview, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2007, SOFA, NCECA, Ferrin Gallery, Louisville, KY.
2007, Europocentric Works, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design, Louisville, Kentucky.
2007, La Mesa, sponsored by Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Louisville, Kentucky.
2007, From the Earth, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.
2007, Contemporary Ceramics:A Dairy Barn Invitational, Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, Athens, Ohio.
2007, Spring Faculty Exhibiton, Sandra J. Blain Gallery, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
2007, The New Aesthetics of Ceramics, Robert E. Wilson Gallery, Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana.
2006, Simple Cup Invitational, Seward Park Clay Studio, Seattle, Washington.
2006, Style and Function: National Ceramics Invitational, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, North Carolina.
2006, Clay and Fiber, Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
2006, Meredith Brickell, Ayumi Horie, Kari Radasch, and Elizabeth Robinson, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2006, Penland Instructor Show, Penland Gallery, Penland, North Carolina.
2006, The Apprentices, Over the Moon Gallery, Floyd, Virginia.
2006, Ceramic Cup Invitational, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska.
2006 SAC Artist Awards, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts.
2006, Earthenware, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2006, Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2006, Artstream Nomadic Gallery, NCECA, Portland, Oregon.
2006, La Mesa, sponsored by Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Portland, Oregon.
2006, Watershed 20th Anniversary, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts.
2006, 30/30, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago , Illinois.
2006, Past and Present:Resident Artists of The Clay Studio, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2006, The Pleasure of Desert, Harvey/Meadows Gallery, Aspen Highlands Village, Colorado
2006, Surface Matters, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas.
2006, The Feast, Harvey/Meadows Gallery, Aspen Highlands Village, Colorado.
2005, Gifted: Part 1, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2005, Mastery in Clay, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2005, UNL/ MFA Ceramics: A Decade 1993-2003, Eisentrager/ Howard Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska.
2005, Sixteen Women, Sixteen Perspectives, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri.
2005, Evelyn Shapiro Fellowship Solo Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2005, Cups, Cups, Cups, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM.
2005, Courses: Soup to Nuts, Watkins Gallery, North Hampton, Massachusetts.
2005, Pots: Objects of Virtue, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California.
2005, Sixteen Hands Spring Show, Blacksburg, Virginia.
2005, The Flowers that Bloom in Spring, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2005, Worcester Center for Crafts 2nd Annual Invitational Pottery Show & Sale, Worcester, Massachusetts.
2005, The Clay Studio: Thirty Years of Excellence, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2005, Setting the Table, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, Illinois.
2005, La Mesa, sponsored by Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Baltimore, Maryland.
2005, Schools Out, Cantonsville Community College, Baltimore, Maryland. Curated by Gail Brown.
2005, The Clay Studio: Thirty Years, School 33, Baltimore, Maryland.
2005, Exchanging Views: The Clay Studio's Resident Artists, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2005, Women Playing with Fire, Texas Women's University, Denton, Texas.
2005, The Contemporary Cup, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois.
2005, Bowled Over, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2005, Out of the Cupboard, Into the Light , University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa.
2005, Just Use it; Contemporary Craft Expressions, Alabama Clay Conference, Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, Gadsden, Alabama.
2005, Clay and Glass, Corning Community College, Corning, New York.
2004, Small Treasures, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois.
2004, Gifted, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2004, Winterfest 2004, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland.
2004, Our Cups Runneth Over, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts.
2004, Hanky Panky, Ester and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
2004, Arrowmont Utilitarian Clay IV: Celebrate the Object, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
2004, Collaborations II, The Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2004, Just Desert, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2004, Mid -Summers Picnic, Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, Maine.
2004, Watershed Residents International Juried Exhibition, Damariscotta, Maine.
2004, This Splendid Table: Fantastic Dishes for Food. Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design, Louisville, Kentucky.
2004, Service: An Unconventional Approach, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.
2004, Spring, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2004, 12th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, E. Petersburg, Pennsylvania.
2004, Fifteenth San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo, Texas.
2004, For the Table, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2003, Gifted, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2003, Les Petites, University Place Art Center, Lincoln, Nebraska.
2003, Holiday Exhibition, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
2003, Conversations in Clay, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.
2003, Six Potters by the Sea, Stewart-Kummer Gallery, Gualala, California.
2003, Ceramics Faculty and Third Year Graduate Students, Haydon Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska.
2002, Graduate Exhibition, Eisentrager- Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.
2002, Recent Ceramic Graduate Students, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan.
2002, NCECA 2002 Regional Student Juried Exhibition, Leedy Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, Kansas. *Graduate Award
2002, Prevailing Winds, Young and Constantin Gallery, Wilmington, Vermont.
2002, Nebraska Clay, Gallery 72, Omaha, Nebraska.
2001, Ornament, Downtown Gallery, Washington, Maine.
2000, Notre Dame at Watershed, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico.
2000, The Art of the Pour, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1999, Whimsical and Functional Ceramic Cup, Earthen Art Works, Los Angeles, California.
1999, Emerging from the Bay, Hiersoux Gallery, Berkeley, California.
1999, Rendezvous, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska.
1999, Clay Cup VII, Southern Illinois University Museum, Carbondale, Illinois. Purchase Award
1999, Holiday Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1998, Teapots, The Vermont Clay Studio, Montpelier, Vermont.
1998, Emerging Artists of the U.S., The Vermont Clay Studio, Montpelier, Vermont.
1998, Holiday Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1997, The Ubiquitous Bowl III, Frog Hollow, Burlington, Vermont.
1997, IWCAT Exhibition, Cera Gallery, Tokoname, Japan.
1997, Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine.
Workshops:
HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, MORE POTS FASTER, Deer Island, Maine.
MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER, Alternative Approaches to Making Pottery, Middletown, Ohio.
SANTA FE CLAY, Making Pots off the Wheel, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
LONG BEACH ISLAND FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS AND SCIENCES, Everything Under the Sun, Loveladies, New Jersey.
PORTLAND POTTERY, Making Pots off the Wheel, Portland, Maine.
ARROWMONT SCHOOL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, Alternative Approaches to Making Pots, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS, Expoloring the Posssibilities- Content, Form and Surface, Fall Concentration 2006, Penland, North Carolina.
MUD FLAT STUDIO. Alternative Approaches to Making Pots, Sommerville, Massachusetts.
THE CLAY STUDIO. Bisque Mold Intensive Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
UNIVERSITY PLACE ART CENTER. Taste for the Table. Workshop, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Visiting Artist:
MAINE COLLEGE OF ART, Visiting Artist, Portland, Maine.
APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY, Master Ceramic Speaker Series, Boone, North Carolina
WILLIAM AND MARY, Visiting Artist, Williamsburg, Virginia.
LARAMIE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE. Visiting Artist, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Selected Publications:
"Summer Workshop Preview", Ceramics Monthly, April 2007, pg 59.
"Freehand 2006 Clay and Fiber Show", Judy Seckler, Ceramics Monthly, March 2007, pg 20 and 21.
"Raising the Bid", Omaha City Weekly, April 16, 2006.
"Surface to Surface", Ceramics Monthly, October 2006.
"Sweet Nostalgia", Maine Home and Design, Fall 2006, pg. 50 and 52.
"Kari Radasch", Gorham Westbrook Gazette, May 5, 2006, pg. 1 and 6.
" Plate Tectonics", Time Out Chicago, March 31- April 7, 2005, pg. 48.
"Gallery", American Craft, December 04/ January 05, pg. 68.
"Twenty One Young American Potters", Studio Potter, vol. 32, no. 2, June 2004, pg. 32.
Radasch, Kari. "Using Gravity to Enhance Glaze Surfaces", Pottery Making Illustrated, May/ June 2004, pg. 20-22.Wyoming
Collections:
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas.
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
University Museum at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Robert and Karen Duncan, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Stanley Shapiro and Bunny Glick, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Marge Brown and Philip Kalodner, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Gail M. Brown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.