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 Karen Thayer  (1955 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: ceramic vessel pottery

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Note from Allan I. Kroll:

Subject: Oil Crayon Painting
Comments: I purchased a rather unique and meticulously crafted abstract oil crayon painting directly from the artist and was able examine her other oil crayon paintings, which at that time numbered about a dozen. I think that it is important to note that Karen is also a painter in the unique medium of oil crayon.

Biography from Chemers Gallery:
Karen Thayer has been creating ceramic work for over twenty-five years and is adept at throwing, hand building, and various glazing and firing techniques.  Her work ranges in form, color and texture, from the serene to the whimsical.  Favoring the vessel as form, she hopes to translate her clay-working into a poem of the physical, inviting the viewer to experience the objects through touch as well as sight.

She has exhibited her work with galleries in Ohio, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, and California. Karen has been showing with Chemers Gallery since 1996.  In addition to the making of her studio work, Karen teaches at several Southland schools. Currently, she teaches ceramics for Coastline College, Marymount College, and the Palos Verdes Arts Center.  She has also been a featured guest artist at Biola University, Concordia University, Golden West College, Leisure World Institute, and at the 1998 Los Angeles County Fair.

A Southern California native, she earned her BFA from Syracuse University in 1983, and her MFA from The Ohio State University in 1986.  She now makes her home and studio in Costa Mesa, California where she lives with her husband, a sculptor, and their two dogs, Ella and Ruby.

RESUME

BORN: 1955, Santa Monica, CA

EDUCATION:
1986 M.F.A., Ceramics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1983 B.F.A., Ceramics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
2000-Present Instructor, Ceramics, Coastline College, Costa Mesa, CA
1998-Present Instructor, Ceramics, Marymount College, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
1989-Present Instructor, Ceramics, Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos
Verdes, CA
200l Instructor, Ceramics, Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA
1990-2000 Ceramics Program Coordinator, Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho
Palos Verdes, CA
1990 Instructor, Arts Unlimited, Chadwick School, Rolling Hills, CA

EXHIBITIONS:
2002 Chemers Gallery, Tustin, CA
2001 Faculty exhibition, Coastline College Showcase Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
Chemers Gallery, Tustin, CA
J. Moore Gallery, Seal Beach, CA
2000 Chemers Gallery, Tustin, CA
J. Moore Gallery, Seal Beach, CA
1999 NCECA/Ohio State Reunion Exhibition, Ohio State University,
Columbus, OH
Chemers Gallery, Tustin, CA
J. Moore Gallery, Seal Beach, CA
1998 California Landscapes and Earthshapes, Millard Sheets Gallery,
Pomona, CA
Chemers Gallery, Tustin, CA
J. Moore Gallery, Seal Beach, CA
1997 Clay Times, Harbor College Art Gallery, Wilmington, CA
Chemers Gallery, Tustin, CA
J. Moore Gallery, Seal Beach, CA
1996 Invitational exhibition, South Bay Center of the Arts, Torrance, CA
Chemers Gallery, Tustin, CA
J. Moore Gallery, Seal Beach, CA
1994 References, RachelleLozzi Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1993 Inaugural Exhibition, RachelleLozzi Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1992 Faculty exhibition, Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
1991 Ceramics Now, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA
Group exhibition, Moira James Gallery, Henderson, NV
Group exhibition, Paper & Clay Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
1990 The Function of Art, Handworks Gallery, Boulder, CO
Feats of Clay III, Lincoln Art Center, Lincoln, CA
1989 Invitational exhibition, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ
1988 Invitational exhibition, Wet Cement Gallery, Flagstaff, AZ
Orange County Visual Artists Annual, Chapman College, Orange, CA
1986 Quite Naturally, Spangler Cummings Gallery, Columbus, OH
PostpARTum Blues, Sherman Gallery, Columbus OH
1985 Salon de Refuse, Spangler Cummings Gallery, Columbus OH
Ceramics Exchange, Fort Hayes Center, Columbus OH

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
1999 Visiting Artist, Leisure World Institute, Laguna Woods, CA
1998 Throwing Techniques Workshop, LA County Fair, Pomona, CA
1995 Visiting Artist, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
1994 Visiting Artist, Concordia University, Irvine, CA

COMMUNITY SERVICE
1990-2001 Demonstrating Artist, Art for Funds Sake, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
1998 Demonstrating Artist, Harbor Hills Outreach Program, Wilmington, CA


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