Artist: Rachel A. Donner
Rachel A. Donner, NEW MEXICO
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Creating something out of clay is like healing a wound. My work is dictated by process and the sentimental experience of interacting with precious items on a daily basis.
Rachel Donner grew up in northern New Mexico in the small town of Taos. Donner earned her Bachelor's degree in ceramics from the University of Northern Colorado in 2013. She has since been given multiple artist-in-residence opportunities and assistantships. Donner currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she works full time in her studio.
2013 BA cum laude in Visual Arts, dual concentration in ceramics and painting, NASAD accredited Art and Design Program at University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
Pairings, invitational at Carbondale Clay Gallery, Carbondale, Colorado.
Gandee Gallery @ NCECA Gallery Expo Hall, NCECA 2017 Portland: Future Flux,
Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR.
Yunomi Invitational, ClayAKAR, Iowa City, Iowa.
Santa Fe Clay Presents: La Mesa, annual invitational NCECA show, Portland, OR.
#mugshotmonday, juried, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Beyond the Brickyard, Juror Josh Deweese, The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena,
Functional Ceramics 2017, Wayne Center for the Arts, Ohio Designer Craftsmen,
The Cup, The Mug, Juror Peter Pincus, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY.
Good Things… Come in Small Packages. Juror Doug Peltzman, Flower City Arts
Center Rochester, NY.
9th Annual Cup Show: Form and Function. Juror Carol Epp, Amelia Center
Gallery, Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL.
The Clay Cup: Vessel, Icon, Canvas. Juror Dan Anderson, George Caleb
Bingham Gallery – University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
Cup: The Intimate Object XII, Invitational, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville,
Strictly Functional Pottery National 24th Annual, Juror Simon Leach, The Market
House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA.
ClayScope Santa Fe, group show with Neil Celani, Adam Field, HP Bloomer, Ben
Carter, Virgil Ortiz, Forrest Middleton, Michael Kline, Justin Crowe, and Rachel
Donner. KG/VO Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Coffee & Clay, Juror Noah Riedel, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA.
DRINK ME: a cup show, Juror Sebastian Moe, Mariani Gallery, Greely, CO.
POUR Function + Form, Juror Linda Arbuckle, Belger Crane Yard Studios, KC, MO.
Surface Formal: Artists in Residence Show, Core Clay, Cincinnati, OH.
Miami DADE Pop Up Shop, featured artist April-August, Miami DADE College
Museum of Art + Design, Miami, FL.
First Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, juried, Taos Clay, Taos, NM.
Cup: The Intimate Object X, Juried, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL.
Residency Show, Assumption Gallery, Church of Assumption, Cincinnati, OH.
Coffee, Tea, or… , Juror David Toan, Terra Incognito Gallery, Oak Park, IL.
Elements – Dinner Place Settings Ceramics Show, Juror Lorna Meaden, Mariani Gallery, Greeley, CO.
Annual Juried Student Show, Mariani Gallery, Greeley, CO.
Visual and Performing Arts Gala, Tointon Gallery, Greeley, CO.
3rd Annual Collegiate Show, Juried, Madison & Main Gallery, Greeley, CO.
2016 Featured Artist at Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC.
Pop-Up Shop awarded by cfile.daily, cfileonline.org, Garth Clark.
2013 Pepperonis on a String: Senior Ceramics Exhibit, Doug’s Hang Up, Greeley, CO.
AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS
2016 Juror’s Choice Award, The Cup, The Mug, Juror Peter Pincus, Main Street Arts,
Clifton Springs, NY.
Guest on The Potters Cast with Paul Blais, 06/23/16.
Keep It Hot Hot Hot, process article in Pottery Making Illustrated,
September/October issue of 2015. http://ceramicartsdaily.org/pottery-making-illustrated/article/keep-it-hot-hot-hot/
Angie Southard Award for academic excellence, leadership skills, and promise for
the future. University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
2017 Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Summer AIA Resident during
Salad Days 23rd anniversary event, Newcastle, ME.
2016-present Cfile Online Social Media Manager, posts/handles all social
media affairs, Santa Fe, NM
2016 Managing Editor and Writer for CeramicArtistsNow.com, online ceramic
publication showcasing contemporary pottery.
Full time studio artist at Rachel Donner Ceramics, Santa Fe, NM.
Assistant to porcelain artist Heidi Loewen in her gallery and clay school,
Santa Fe, NM.
Workshop assistant to Victoria Christen, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM.
Form/Surface Workshop & Lecture Series, Core Clay Studios, three
sessions, Feb. – April, Cincinnati, OH.
2014-15 Artist Residency, Core Clay Studios, Cincinnati, OH. June 1st – May 31st.
Gallery associate, Indigenous – A Handcrafted Gallery, September ’14 –
May ‘15. Cincinnati, OH.
2014 Short Term Gallery Residency, Taos Clay, Taos, NM. April 1st –May 30th. Taos, NM.
2013 Assistantship with Meredith Host / foldedpigs dinnerware. Assisted in production &
shipping of Host’s studio artwork & foldedpigs dinnerware line, Kansas City, MO.
Workshop Assistant, Meredith Host, Lots of Layers, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO.
Assistant to Jennifer Lynch, printmaker/painter, specifically to prepare for a large
scale painting show, Taos, NM.
Clay Club treasurer, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
2011-13 Clay Club member, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
2010-13 Painting Club member, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.