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Biography

EDUCATION

2004
Seattle Fine Arts Academy workshops
1985
Banff Center Fine Arts Summer, Banff, Alberta
1982-1985
Graduated with Honors Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver, B.C.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2011
"Playing With Fire" Encaustic Painting and Clay sculpture at Granville Island Studio
2010
"Unintended Gardens" Granville Island Studio
2009
"A Honied Summer" Granville island Studio
2008
"Spring Unveiling" Rhodes Stringfellow Gallery Canon Beach OR
2007
"Storm Watch" Rhodes Stringfellow Gallery Canon Beach OR.
"Group Show" Patricia Rovzar Gallery
2006
July thru November Open Studios, Granville Island
2005
Romancing the Clay Patricia Rovzar Gallery Seattle WA
2004
Group Shows Paintings and Ceramics
West End Galleries Edmonton and Victoria
2002
New Works Foster White Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2002
New Works West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2001
Growing Evidence John Ramsay Gallery Vancouver BC
2000
Carnal Summer, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1999
House and Garden, Foster/White Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
1998
Lessons From the Garden, Foster/White Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
1997
Efflorescence Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, B.C.
APEC Conference Canadian Government Suite.
Still-life and Color West End Gallery, Victoria B.C.
Still-life and Color West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
Still-life and the Essence of Color Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1996
Garden Elements Foster/White Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
1995
Still-life in the Garden Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1994
Icons of the Garden Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, B.C., Contemporary Decades 1964-1994
Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver, B.C.,
Painterly Ceramics West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1993
Painterly Ceramics Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1992
Contemporary Ceramics Wallace Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1991
The Painted Garden Fran Willis North Park Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
1990
Still Life With Music West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1989
A Garden of Clay Fran Willis North Park Gallery
1987
Contemporary Ceramics Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
Stone the Crows Crafthouse Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1986
Luminous Journey
EXPO 86, Canadian Pavilion, Vancouver, B.C., Installation
1985
ECCAD Graduation Show, Vancouver, B.C., Installation,
Kiss the Fish Good-bye
Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alberta, Installation
Imagined Places

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Auctions
Arts Umbrella, Aids Vancouver, Bellevue Art Museum, Loving Spoonful, Canadian Craft Museum, Multiple Sclerosis Association of Washington State

Member of the Board of Trustees, Canadian Craft Museum

REVIEWS

“Growing Evidence” John Ramsay Gallery. Vancouver BC.   Katherine McLean is a Vancouver artist who has been delighting Vancouver and Seattle audiences since graduating from Emily Carr in 1985 with her whimsical still life ceramic sculptures. Moving easily between realism and fantasy, McLean pulls off a plethora of artifacts that fill the gallery with colour and light.

The two dozen objects and wall pieces in this show come with a twist. Visitors will find ceramic flowers - even a red sunflower - and fruit arranged in lop-sided vases and bowls that resemble artichokes. An eight-foot wide ceramic “feast” entitled California Dreamin' comes with its own 3D bottles of Zinfandel and banjo. Carnal Summer is a set of four ceramic rose-covered wall panels - a cool play on early minimalist painting. Painterly qualities of transparent glazes achieve richer and more saturated colours in the ceramics, while her drawings and paintings take the still life motif into more complicated patterns and compositions.                                    Mia Johnson. Preview Magazine.


“Exuberant descendants of your grandmother’s porcelain bouquets via the prairie funk of Joe Fafard and Victor Cicansky”.  

The Colonist, Victoria BC