Kate MacDowell

b. 1975

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Kate MacDowell’s work explores our physical and psychological relationships with the animal kingdom. Whether as proxy, trophy, raw material, or mythic symbol, animals currently occupy a space in our subconscious which layers history, fable, and an awareness of species fragility.

About Kate MacDowell

Kate MacDowell’s hand-built porcelain sculptures respond to environmental threats and their consequences, revealing the rifts and frictions between man and nature. Based out of Portland, Oregon, her work has been shown throughout the US and Europe at Scope Miami and New York, Seattle Art Fair, ArtAmsterdam, Art London, London Art Fair, Showoff Paris , Art Paris, Solo Project Basel, NEXT and Art Chicago fairs. She was an artist in residence at the Kohler Arts and Industry Program and has had work in group exhibits in the Museum of Arts and Design (NY), Banksy’s Dismaland Bemusement Park, MOCA North Miami and Virginia, and the Akron, Crocker and Everson Art Museums.

Her work has been published in books and periodicals including The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Hi-Fructose, American Craft, Ceramics Monthly, Beautiful Bizarre, O.K. Periodicals (NL), Creative Review and Rooms (UK), and Hey! (Paris) among others. Her work was featured on the CD and single cover art for Erasure’s album, “Tomorrow’s World” and she can be seen sculpting in stop motion in the official audio video for a song on Miike Snow’s ‘III’ album.

Kate MacDowell’s newest work explores our physical and psychological relationships with the animal kingdom.  Whether as proxy, trophy, raw material, or mythic symbol, animals currently occupy a space in our subconscious which layers history, fable, and an awareness of species fragility. MacDowell uses a variety of methods to create these pieces from hand sculpting porcelain, often building a solid form and then hollowing it out, to slip casting and assembling multiples. She sees each piece as a captured and preserved specimen, a painstaking record of endangered natural forms and a commentary on our own culpability.

Kate MacDowell CV


Fragile Endurance, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

After Eden, Beet Gallery, Portland, OR
Window Project II, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR


Intense and Fragile: Contemporary Porcelain Sculpture, Russell Hill Rogers Galleries, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX

Texas Contemporary Art Fair, group exhibit with Mindy Solomon Gallery, Houston, Texas
Body & Soul: New International Ceramics, group exhibit, Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York City, NY
Responsibility, group exhibit with Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Switzerland

Selcted Solo Exhibitions 2013 cont’d
artParis, art fair, group exhibit with Gallerie Vanessa Quang, Paris, France
Scope NY, group exhibit with Patrajdas Contemporary Art, New York City, NY

Texas Contemporary Art Fair, group exhibit with Mindy Solomon gallery, Houston, TX
German Mettlach Ware & Present-Day Translations, AMOCA (American Museum of Ceramic Art), Pomona, CA
Earth & Alchemy: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture, Stephen D. Paine Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA
The solo project Basel 2012, w/ Marina de Caro, Galerie Vanessa Quang, Basel, Switzerland
Natural Macabre, exhibit with Roxanne Jackson and Shay Church, Seattle Design Center, NCECA Concurrent Exhibition, Seattle, WA
Earth Precipice, group exhibit, Seattle Design Center, NCECA Concurrent Exhibition, Seattle, WA
Seeing Ourselves, group exhibit of photography with MUSECPMI, New York, NY
SCOPE New York, group exhibit with Patrajdas Contemporary gallery, Philadelphia, PA

SCOPE Miami, group exhibit with Patrajdas Contemporary gallery, Philadelphia, PA
SCOPE Miami, group exhibit with Mindy Solomon gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
Night Scented Stock, group exhibit with Marianne Boesky gallery, NYC, NY
Shadowside, Part II, group exhibit with bo.lee gallery, London, UK
Vernisage, group exhibit with Galerie Vanessa Quang, Paris, France
Art Chicago, group exhibit with Patrajdas Contemporary gallery, Chicago, IL
Florida Souvenirs, group exhibit with Mindy Solomon gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
London Art Fair, group exhibit with bo.lee gallery, London, UK

Find me a gift, group exhibit with Galerie Vanessa Quang, Paris, France
Art London, group exhibit with bo.lee gallery, London, UK
Animal Instinct, John Micheal Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
DIY: A Revolution in Handicrafts, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

Selcted Solo Exhibitions 2010 cont’d
BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown!, juried group exhibition, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
ArtHamptons, group exhibit with Mindy Solomon Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
Shadowside, bo.lee gallery, Bath, UK
Art in the Kitchen, artKitchen and Gallery A, Art Amsterdam Fair, Netherlands
NEXT Chicago, group exhibition with Patrajdas Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Café Endlager, exhibition and technology museum, Stuttgart, Germany
Bright and White, small group exhibition, Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
Earth Matters, NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) invitational group exhibit, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
CERAM-A-RAMA, Ceramics Research Center gala fundraiser live auction/exhibit, ASU Art Museum, Tempe (AZ)
Corporeal Manifestations, group invitational exhibit, Mutter Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Sitka Center Art Invitational, group exhibit, World Forestry Center, Portland, OR
Proverbial Porcelain, short-listed sculpture exhibition for the Zelli Porcelain Award, Zelli Porcelain, London, UK
OPA/Hokkaido Exchange Exhibition, OPA juried show, Sapporo Contemporary Museum, Sapporo, Japan
Curiosities, four-person exhibition, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Feats of Clay 2009, Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation, juried exhibition Gladding McBean Factory, Lincoln, CA
A Mixed Bag of Small Ceramic Wonders, invitational exhibition, Crossman Gallery, University of Wisconsin –Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
NICHE Awards, Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA

CraftForms 2008, international juried exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Envisioning a Future, juried show, South Seattle Community College Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
After Eden, solo exhibition, Beet Gallery, Portland, OR
Sculpted Green, 2008 Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, Bellevue City Hall, Bellevue, WA
Blackfish Window Gallery, solo window exhibition, Portland, OR, 2008
Viewpoint: Ceramics 2008  national juried show, Hyde Art Gallery, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA
Clay? II,  international ceramics exhibition, jurors: Jamie Walker, Akio Takamori, and Doug Jeck, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA

Supernatural, juried group show for Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s TBA:07, Swigert Commons, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
2007 Craft Biennial, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
The Figure: Transcribing the Human Form, national juried show, Campbell Hall Gallery, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR


MA, Brown University, Providence, RI

BA, Brown University, Providence, RI


San Antonio Current, “Porcelain Gets a Modern Makeover in ‘Intense and Fragile’” by Dan R. Goddard, Dec. 3
Vision magazine (China) “Kate MacDowell: Craftsmanship Feature” by Jessica, no. 142, August, pp. 185-189
ARTnews, “10 Cool Trends in Contemporary Ceramic Art” by Alexander Mahany, June 16
Terrart Magazine (Spain), “Body & Soul report” by Merced Coma, no. 44, First Semester 2014
Art of Ceramics, “Kate MacDowell” by Carolina Amell, editor Josep Ma Minguet, publisher: Monsa, Barcelona. pp. 48-53
New York Times, “It’s Mourning in America “ by Penelope Green (portrait of home of collector Tracy Martin) slide 20. April 9
Ceramics: Art & Perception (Australia), “Body & Soul: New International Ceramics” by Jan Garden Castro, issue #95, March
Es Madrid no Madriz Magazine (Spain), “Kate MacDowell: Fragil conexion” by EMNMM No. 21, March, pp. 34-48

Body & Soul: New International Ceramics, exhibition catalog, curated by Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, MAD Museum, NYC
Zoom on Fashion Trends (Milan), “Clarity” issue, no. 52, Nov. 2013, cover art
Selcted Publications 2013 cont’d
Boston Globe, “Arts Wednesday”, Oct. 13, p. G3
Ceramics: Art & Perception, “Earth & Alchemy” by Janet Koplos, issue #93, Sept., pp. 70-75
Hey! Modern art & Pop Culture (Paris), “Kate MacDowell” by Anne & Julien, #14, pp. 54-63
Little Thing Magazine (China), “Interview with Kate MacDowell” by O. Elephant, #30, pp. 66-69
American Craft, “More Than Human” by Julie K. Hanus, April/May, Vol. 73, no. 2, p. 33

The Best of 500 Ceramics, Celebrating a Decade in Clay, Lark Crafts
Creator Magazine (UK), Tu Tu Much Media, issue 05, pp. 10-19
Migrate (South Africa), “Kate MacDowell: Change the World” Viva! 015, pp. 20-25, cover
Ceramics Ireland (Ireland), “Natural Macabre” issue 29, pp. 18-20

Rooms Magazine (UK), “Kate MacDowell: the porcelain that pairs…”, by Adan Jerreat-Poole, pp. 12-19, issue #7
SKULL STYLE: Skulls in Contemporary Art and Design (New York), by Farameh Media LLC
Tomorrow’s World, cd and single cover art designed by Tom Hingston for Erasure album
Kult Magazine (Singapore), “Animals” issue
Bioephemera, “Kate MacDowell: Bloodless Bodies”, by Jessica Palmer, Sept 7
Doppelganger: Images of the Human Being (Berlin), by Gestalten: exploring visual culture
American Craft, “Craft’s New Consciousness”, pp. 26-27, review by Savannah Schroll Guz, Feb/Mar 2011

Ceramics Art and Perception, “Corporeal Manifestations”, pp. 82-83, review by Colette Copeland, Dec 2010 #82
Dark Inspiration: grotesque illustrations, art and design (Hong Kong), viction:ary, pp. 46-55
American Style, “Kate MacDowell”, 2010 Emerging Artists, issue 74, Nov
Ms. Use (Israel), Eco Sex, vol. 2, summer
Selcted Publications 2010 cont’d
Eat your Art Out: food in the arts (Netherlands), Harry Ruhe’ & Jeannette Dekeukeleire, artKitchen gallery and Galerie A
BANG Art (Italy), Speciale Animali, “Amabilichimere”, by Rosa Maria Albino, pp. 74-75, #7
Quotation: Worldwide Creative Journal (Japan), by Daisuke Nishimura, p. 51, no. 8, summer
Western Humanities Review, cover art and multiple photo illustrations, Vol. LXV, no. 2
Creative Review Magazine (U.K.), “Hi-Res” pp. 20-21, June
Bear Deluxe Magazine, The Creative Nonfiction Issue, “Independent Art”, #30, p. 3
2010 NCECA Invitational Earth Matters Catalog, essays by Nichole Burisch and Glen Brown
Hi-Fructose Magazine, “Cross-sectioning Ghosts with Kate MacDowell”, Jen Pappas, Vol 15
O.K Periodicals (Netherlands), Vol. 4, “Curiosities”, p. 80
Calle20 Magazine (Spain), “Escultures de Sueños”, Luisa Bernal, pp.18-23, No. 46
New York Times Sun. Magazine, “Is There an Ecological Unconscious? “, photo illustrations

Ceramics Monthly, “Curiosities”, Upfronts section, September, p. 18
The: Santa Fe’s Monthly Magazine for the Arts, “Curiosities”, by Marin Sardy, August, p. 56
500 Ceramic Sculptures, Juror: Glen R. Brown, Editor Suzanne Tourtillott, Lark Books
2008 425 Magazine, “Sustainable Sculptures – Seeing Green in Bellevue”, Jenny Lynn Zappala


Sandy Besser (NM)
Susan and William Beech (CA)
Pat Sullivan and Jim Kolva (WA)
George Goldstein (NM)
Cindy Oikawa Gutierrez (NM)
Avra Leodas (NM)
Selcted Private collections cont’d
Dean Spong (NY)
Margo Jacobsen (OR)
Martha Banyas and Michael Hoeye (OR)
Sandy Japel (OR)
Leo Michelson (OR)
Lis Kalogris (PA)
Candace Groot (IL)
Chris Weitz (CA)
Guillermo del Toro (CA)
Tracy Martin (NY)
John Michael Kohler Arts Center Permanent Collection (WI)