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Artist: Kate Fisher



Kate Fisher, MINNESOTA
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My work is domestic art: it is either for or about the home .As a ceramic artist and a story collector, my ultimate goal is to make meaningful connections with others through my work. At the root of this practice is my observation that utilitarian objects have the power to impact people in meaningful ways. I am interested in how handmade objects create connections, both implicit and explicit, between humans.

Working with my hands to create a metaphorical handshake between the maker and the user, I constantly examine, respect, and honor utility even when developing contemplative or sculptural forms. I am drawn to the domestic environment through personal artifacts, repetitious rituals, and intimate relationships. Home, whether structure or geographic location, can be or evoke specific feelings and memories. I enjoy embracing and expressing both the permanent and the ephemeral qualities of what we think of as home in life. The act of living and creating artwork that stems from these notions dissolves the boundaries between my home and studio. It fuses the home with the studio and creates an all-encompassing life aesthetic.

While rooted in an international cornucopia of ceramic traditions, my practice is informed by mentors in ceramics as well as my love of and degree in art history. I collect inspiration from the ever-changing landscape inside my house. It is an endless source of ideas for forms, subject matter, and surface treatments. Since having two children, my domestic landscape has been radically altered. My most recent works analyze and celebrate this transformed space, and respond to the haphazard child detritus and paraphernalia I now find commonplace.

Expanding the scope of my inquiry, I am deeply invested in a project examining how women gracefully tackle the lively experiment of being both artist and mother. Manifesting in the creation of a website, averaging 10,000 visitors annually, I investigate how these dual roles impact each other through an ongoing interview series. I am interested in understanding how children impact artists’ lives, and how artists’ work and processes evolve, as a result.

 

Education

2003-2006 MFA in Ceramics, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.

1996-2000 BA in Art History, BA in Studio Art, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. Cum Laude

 

Current Position

2008 - Present Studio Art Technician, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota.

Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota.

 

Selected Professional Experience

2015 – Present Founder/Advisor of The Ron Galls Cup Library, an educational cup-lending program for the St. Olaf College Community.

2014 - Present Founder of BothArtistandMother.com, an ever-expanding dialogue-based community of artist/mothers.

2011 - 2014 Instructor of Art (Sculpture), Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

2008 Children’s Workshop Instructor (Ages 9-12), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center Outreach Program Instructor (4th Grade), Snowmass Village, Colorado.

2006- 2007 Ceramic Studio Intern, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado.

2006 Instructor of Art (Ceramics and Intro to Art), Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin.

 

Selected Residencies

January 2020 Anderson Ranch Arts Center Cross-disciplinary Studio Concentration, Snowmass Village, Colorado

Summer 2017 Artists Invite Artists (AIA), Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

2006-2008 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado.

 

Selected Awards

2020 HipPop Emerging Artist, American Craft Council Show, St. Paul, Minnesota

**Event Canceled Due to Covid-19**

2019 Anderson Ranch Arts Center Presidential Scholarship

St Olaf College Professional Development Grant

2018 St. Olaf College Mellon Grant: Broadening the Bridge, Exploration Grant

2017 Honorable Mention, Mugshot 1, Mojo Coffee Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Corporate Purchase Award, Mugshot 1, Mojo Coffee Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2016 Equal Merit Award for Functional Ceramics, TableTop Exhibition, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

St. Olaf College Mellon Grant: Broadening the Bridge, Exploration Grant

2015 Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Fund Grant

St. Olaf College Creative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) Project Award

St. Olaf College Academic Innovation Fund Grant

2014 St. Olaf College Mellon Grant: Broadening the Bridge, Exploration Grant

2010 Anderson Ranch Arts Center Brooks Fellowship

Anderson Ranch Arts Center Mack Scholarship

 

Selected Exhibitions/Events - Juried and Invitational

2021 Parallel Woman, Artist, Mother, Arts Mill Gallery, Grafton, Wisconsin

Western Wisconsin Pottery Tour, River Falls, Wisconsin

Yunomi Invitational, Clay AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa

Soda Pop Sale, Online Pop-Up during NCECA Virtual Conference

2020 Hold Me, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, Florida

5 Piece Invitational, The Anderson Center, Red Wing, Minnesota

Western Wisconsin Pottery Tour, River Falls, Wisconsin

Form and Function, Carleton College, Gould Library Athenaeum, Northfield, Minnesota

2019 Member’s Exhibition, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Western Wisconsin Pottery Tour, River Falls, Wisconsin

Cannon River Clay Tour, Northfield, Minnesota

Sin: Seven Deadlies in Clay, Pearlman Museum of Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

Women Who Teach, St. Catherine’s University, St. Paul, Minnesota

Mugshot 2, Mojo Coffee Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Crowns (Traveling Exhibition) Traveling to:

Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio

University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia

2018 Connetivity, Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota

Atmospheric, New Orleans Clay Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

Western Wisconsin Pottery Tour, River Falls, Wisconsin

Cannon River Clay Tour, Northfield, Minnesota

Crowns (traveling exhibition) Traveling to:

Cade Center Gallery, Ann Arundel Community College Gallery, Arnold, Maryland

NCECA 2018 Conference Concurrent Exhibition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Westminster College-Foster Art Gallery, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania

Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, Virginia

Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge, Virginia

2017 Mugshot 1, Mojo Coffee Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Both Artist and Mother, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

Member’s Exhibition, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

First Annual Mug Show, Eye of the Dog Gallery, San Marcos, Texas

Yunomi Invitational, ClayAkar, Iowa City, Iowa

2016 Art of the Holiday, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka Minnesota

Winterfest, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland

4th Annual Cup Show, Studio 550, Manchester, New Hampshire

Form and Function, The Amelia Center Gallery, Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, Florida

TableTop, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

Anderson Ranch Arts Center Legacy: Mentoring Artistic Excellence, Bartle Hall, Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, Missouri

2015 Art of the Holiday, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka Minnesota

Both Artist and Mother, The Jamestown Art Center, Jamestown, Rhode Island

Stool Samples, The Midnight Brigade, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2014 365: A Shared Experience, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, Wisconsin.

Cycle-ology: The Intersection of Art and Cycling, Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, Minnesota.

Drink!, Slipe Gallery, University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School, West Hartford, Connecticut

4th Biennial Central Time Ceramics Exhibition, Heuser Art Gallery and Hartmann Center Gallery, Bradley

University, Peoria, Illinois

Objects for Consideration, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Spring Faculty Exhibition, Soeffker Gallery, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota

Clay, Fiber, Paper, Metal, Glass, Wood Exhibit, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Iowa

2013 Artifacts from the Inferno: Contemporary Woodfired Ceramics, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland

History in the Making, Genesse Center for the Arts, Firehouse Gallery, Rochester, New York

Possession, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, Minnesota

Map It, Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Tributaries, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, Wisconsin

6x6x2013, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, New York

Texan’s & Exes, Winter Street Studios, Houston, Texas

 

Selected Lectures / Workshops / Performances

2020 Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota Demonstration of techniques and lecture on current work **Event Canceled Due to Covid-19**

2019 Tale of a Red Clay Rambler, Episode 277 Kate Fisher talks with Mikey Walsh about being both artist and mother

Tales of a Red Clay Rambler, Episode 276 Kate Fisher: On motherhood, making and endurance sports

NCECA Project Space, Minneapolis, Minnesota – The Mother of All Confessions - Both Artist and Mother goes live in the form of a temporary interactive interview/confessional booth

2018 Squirrel Haus Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota Visual co-lecture with Israeli artist/activist Shira Richter about the “secret” creativity that goes into creating humans

2016 Smokestack Pottery, Ft. Collins, Colorado Demonstration of surface techniques, lecture on current work, and led a community soda firing

Who’s Your Mama Podcast, Season 1 Episode 9 Recorded professional interview and conversation about being an artist and mother

Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota Demonstration of techniques and lecture on current work

2014 Southwest Christian High School, Chaska, Minnesota Demonstration of techniques and lecture on current work

2013 Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, Minnesota. Demonstration of mold making and current work techniques

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Demonstration of recycled material crochet techniques In conjunction with the Fritz Haeg Exhibition At Home in the City and the Art School Seri

 

Selected Publications

Encyclopedia of Inspiration Volume C: Ceramics, Uppercase, 2020, by Carol Epp & Julia Krueger

Well Behind the Wheel: The Intersection of Wellness, Ceramics, and Feminism, p. 47-52, The Dispatch / Folk Rebellion, February 2018 by Rachel Newman.

Being Both:Artist/Mother, Vol. 45 No.1, Winter/Spring 2017, Studio Potter (Web Exclusive).

Cups to Go, Spotlight Section, p.80, Ceramics Monthly, April 2017.

Art Without Waste: 500 Upcycled & Earth Friendly Designs, Rockport Publishers, 2014 by Patty Wongpakdee (ed).

The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay, Lark Books, 2012 by Linda Kopp (ed).

500 Plate & Chargers: Innovative Expressions of Function & Style. Lark Books, 2008 by Suzanne Tourtillott (ed).

500 Pitchers, Lark Books, 2006 by Suzanne Tourtillott (ed).

 


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