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Artist: Kate Fisher


Artist: Kate Fisher
Kate Fisher, MINNESOTA
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I think of my work as domestic art: it is either for or about the home.

I make work to be used in daily life or to reference utilitarian objects. The kitchen, in particular, is a home’s “command central,” where we congregate, nourish ourselves, and share our histories and culinary traditions. My mentors instilled in me the importance of creating a domestic environment that enhances personal research and understanding of clay and self. By using, washing, touching, and serving myself and others from handmade objects, I complete the circle of craft. This practice continually informs the work I make and the work I won’t make.

My artistic beginnings are deeply tied to an admiration for clay’s 20,000-year history. My undergraduate major in art history plays a significant role in my love and understanding of craft. The work of contemporary makers coupled with modern societal observations has also played a valuable role in shaping my ideology about clay. I work with my hands in order 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.

My most recent body of work is a visual analysis of my present domestic landscape that includes small children. The work in this series references the haphazard child detritus and paraphernalia I now find as commonplace in my home………and on the floor.

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 (formerly titled Technical Assistant in Art), St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota.

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

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

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

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

2008
Children’s Workshop Instructor, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado

Art Instructor, Anderson Ranch Arts Center Outreach Teaching Program, 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

2003-2005 Teaching Assistant (2D Design & Ceramics), University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

2003-2004 Ceramics Area Assistant, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

2001-2003 Artisan on Public Commissions, RDG Dahlquist Art Studio, Des Moines, Iowa

2000-2001 Education Supervisor, The Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Iowa

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

2004 Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, Jaingxi Provence, China.

SELECTED AWARDS
2016 Equal Merit Award for Functional Ceramics, Tabletop, The Art League, Alexandria, Virginia

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

2008 Anderson Ranch Arts Center Presidential Scholarship

2007 Anderson Ranch Arts Center Wingate Foundation Scholarship

2006 Honorable Mention, 6th Annual National Cup Show, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

2005
University of North Texas Gough Scholarship in Interior Design, Ceramics, Fibers or Metals

University of North Texas International Education Scholarship

Anderson Ranch Arts Center Brooks Fellowship

SELECTED UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
2017
Both Artist and Mother, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

Artist-Invite-Artists Preview, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge Montana

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

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS- JURIED AND INVITATIONAL
2016
Winterfest, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland

As Seen on the Floor, Flaten Art Museum Atrium, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota

Tabletop, The Art League, Alexandria, Virginia

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

2015
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

2014
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

46th Annual 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

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

2012
Minnesota Womens Clay Artists Exhibition, Owatonna Arts Center, Owatonna, Minnesota

Artists on the Hill, Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota

Firing Across the Canon: An exploration in Collaboration, Wietz Center, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

2011
S.W.A.N., Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado

Earth, Water, Fire, Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota

Then and Now, College of the Redwoods Art Gallery, Eureka, California

Pouring Permanence, Interior Motives Gallery, St.Petersburg, Florida

2010
Pairings, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado

Foot in the Door Show, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2009
Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists Exhibition, Northrup King Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

College Bowl II, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2008
Artist in Residence: Anderson Ranch, Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado
Ranch Hands, Third Street Gallery, Carnegie, Pennsylvania

Pouring Vessels – Real and Imagined, Red Brick Center for The Arts, Aspen Colorado

Beyond Titillation, Lawton Gallery, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Green Bay, Wisconsin

2007
Winterfest, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland

Toklat Celebrates 40 Years of Anderson Ranch, Toklat Gallery, Basalt, Colorado

Ladies in White: Women Working in Porcelain, Goodall Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky

2006
Made of Mud, The Trading Post, Bodega Bay, California

Clay National, M.T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, New Jersey

6th Annual National Cup Show, Downtown Gallery, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Stability in Transition, Sixth Street Gallery, Vancouver, Washington

2005
Cup: The Intimate Object IV, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Earth & Fire: Works in Clay, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Export China, Center Stage Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

SELECTED LECTURES/ WORKSHOPS

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

Who’s Your Mama Podcast, Season 1 Episdoe 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 techniques and lecture on current work

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 Series

2012 ARTech, Northfield, Minnesota - Demonstration of mold making techniques and lecture on current work

2006 University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Green Bay, Wisconsin - Demonstration of techniques and lecture on current
work

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
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.

Both Artist and Mother, Socially Engaged Craft Collective blog, September 19, 2016 by Mary Callahan Baumstark.

St. Olaf College – Ron Gallas Cup Library, Socially Engaged Craft Collective blog, May 25, 2016 by Nicole Gugliotti.

Two Titles, Two Jobs: The Birth of Both Artist and Mother, NCECA blog, October 16, 2015 by Kate Fisher.

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).

Art Walk Spotlights Local Artist and Performers, The Ames Tribune. May 28, 2003: D1, by Jayne Bullock


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