Warren MacKenzie (b. 1924) stoneware firkin with paddle design (1980s). Marked with MacKenzie’s personal seal and his Stillwater, Minnesota studio stamp which is only used on some pots. Size: 7 ¼” tall, 6 1/2” diameter base, 5 ½” diameter top. See examples of his personal seal and the Stillwater studio stamp in: David Lewis, “Warren MacKenzie, An American Potter” (1991), p. 120. See examples of a paddle design pot and a smaller firkin in: Dale K. Haworth, “Warren MacKenzie and the Functional Tradition in Clay” (1995), pages 30 & 40. Price: Sold
Warren MacKenzie is known for wheel-thrown functional pottery. In 1950 MacKenzie and his first wife Alix [Alixandra Kolesky MacKenzie], became the first American apprentices at the Bernard Leach pottery at St. Ives, Cornwall, England. They spent 2 ½ years at St. Ives, living in Leach’s home, where they met Shoji Hamada and many other artists. Upon returning from England in 1953 Alix and Warren bought an an old defunct farm in Stillwater, Minnesota where they built a kiln and set up a studio in the barn. Both Warren and Alix threw pots and Alix did all the decorating from that time and until her death in 1962. The MacKenzies brought Leach and Hamada for a workshop tour of the United States in 1952. This tour had a far reaching impact on the American studio pottery movement. MacKenzie is credited with bringing the Japanese Mingei, or folk, style of pottery to the United States.
See: Warren MacKenzie Oral History Interview Conducted by Robert Silberman for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2002: