Karen Wise received her Bachelors Degree from Northeastern Illinois University where she majored in Art and Secondary education and Middle School education with an emphasis in studio ceramics. Karen currently works for Shimpo Ceramics, a pottery equipment manufacturer, full time. She travels the U.S. giving pottery demonstrations on her artwork with slide shows on historical and contemporary artists and techniques. She is currently writing ceramic articles for Fired Arts and Crafts magazine while being very active in her own artwork creating Native American influenced ceramics in a contemporary style. Her pieces are displayed at shows across the country. She currently resides in Seattle, WA but can be found in numerous states across the US throughout the year.
Northeastern Illinois University:
Bachelor of Arts, Studio Arts, ceramics concentration.
Bachelor of Arts, Education with middle school endorsement
Educational Liaison, Sales and Customer Service:
2007- Current Shimpo Ceramics, Itasca, IL
Professional Development Educator:
2010 - 2013 Illinois State Board of Education
Instructor of Ceramics:
2007- August, 2013 Brickton Art Center and Gallery, Park Ridge, IL
2012 - 2014 Fired Arts & Crafts Magazine
April - Munchen, Germany, Demonstrator during Ceramitec Conference
– New Mexico Clay, Throwing and carving demonstration
- Las Vegas, Aardvark & Zebra Clay, Ceramics & Glass, Throwing and carving demonstration
September - CCSA Convention, Austin, TX, Pre-Convention classes “Clay Projects Made Easy” & “Let’s Talk about Clay”
January - Xeim Studio, Los Angeles, CA, artist demonstration
- Echo Ceramics, Los Angeles, CA, artist demonstration
November - Texas Art Education Conference, San Antonio, TX, “Clay Projects Made Easy”
October – Tucson, AZ, Marjon Ceramics, artist demonstration
September - CCSA Convention, Austin, TX, “Clay Projects Made Easy” & “Let’s Talk about Clay”
June – Star, NC, Starworks Ceramics, artist demonstration
September - CCSA Convention, Austin, TX, “Let’s Talk about Clay”
2010 – 2013 OnView Gallery, Park Ridge, IL
8/26/16 – 9/20/16 “KC Clay Guild Teabowl National” in the Thornhill Gallery at Avila University in Kansas City, MO. Jurror Jack Troy
4/9/16 – 9/4/16 “Cake” at The Dinnerware Museum, Ann Arbor, MI, Jurror Heather Anne Leavitt
3/25/16 – 5/1/16 “Small Favors XI” at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
3/14/16 – 5/29/16 “2016 International Conebox Show” at Hilliard Gallery, Jurors: Greg Daley, Garth Clark, Inge G. Balch
1/7/16 - 2/7/16 “Tell Your Story” at the Burien Art Gallery, Jurors: Kristin Schimik & Garreth Schuh
1/7/16 – 2/7/16 “First Impressions” at: Burien Press, Burien, WA, Juror: Sam Scott
5/8/2015 – 5/29/2015 “Get the SCOOP!” at Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA Juror: Jennifer Allen
9/13/2013 - 10/26/2013 "History in the Making VII; Ceramic Traditions Contemporary Objects" at The Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery, Juror Jane Shellenbarger
8/2/2013 - 9/2/2013 "Serve it Up" at Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
8/2/2013-8/4/2013 “Silver City Clay Festival International Tile and Vessel Juried Exhibit”, Juror: Christy Johnson
5/03/13 - 6/02/13 "Art & the Urban Garden" at Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
3/20/13 “2012 International Cone Box Show” at Lawrence Arts Center, Jurors: Patti Warashina, Tom Coleman, Inge G. Balch
11/2/2012 – 12/4/2012 “Cup of Comfort International Ceramic Biannual 2012” at the Swope Museum – Halcyon Art Gallery, Juror: Ray Chen.
9/14/2012 – 10/31/2012 “2012 International Cone Box Show” at Lawrence Arts Center, Jurors: Patti Warashina, Tom Coleman, Inge G. Balch
8/20/2012 – 11/1/2012 “SO tiny” at The Baum Gallery of Fine Art at The University of Central Arkansas, Juror: Virginia Samsel
6/16/2012 – 7/28/2012 “Abstract.” at the Brickton Art Center, Juror: Frank Juarez.
3/2011 “2010 International Cone Box Show” at Lawrence Arts Center, Jurors: Peter Callas, Malcom Davis, Inge Balch.
9/2010-10/2010 “2010 International Cone Box Show” at Lawrence Arts Center, Jurors: Peter Callas, Malcom Davis, Inge Balch.
2/17/2009 – 3/7/2009 “2009 Skyway Juried Art Exposition”, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL, Jurors: Carla Carr, Javier Chavira, Leonard M. Ferris.
11/23/2007 – 12/7/2007 “3rd Annual Benefit Art Exposition & Auction”
2004 Senior Thesis Show, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
PUBLICATIONS- Featured in
March 28, 2012 –“NCECA Guide” Advertisement for Spectrum Glazes
April 6, 2011 – “OnView: Couple makes gallery friendly place to look at, buy artwork”, By Jennifer Johnson
Juror’s Choice Award: 1/7/16 - 2/7/16 “Tell Your Story” at the Burien Art Gallery, Jurors: Kristin Schimik & Garreth Schuh
Juror’s Choice Award: 5/8/2015 – 5/29/2015 “Get the SCOOP!” at Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA Juror: Jennifer Allen