"My first experience with clay was in 1970 in the studio of a dear friend. She made beautiful pots and I went on to make beautiful babies! I returned to clay in 2008 fulltime after raising 5 children! To be able to take a ball of clay and feel it form into something usable is inspiring. It is my joy! "
Karen McKee, a native of Pittsburgh, is a studio potter who has worked primarily in porcelain for over ten years. In addition to using the wheel, McKee’s clay working methods include slab construction and the decorative use of sculptural elements. Her lively brushwork and colorful underglaze patterns celebrate Karen’s love affair with clay. It is in her nature to continuously explore, and be open to, what the clay is teaching her, and where it may lead her. Valuing the importance of continuing education, McKee has studied with several different instructors and, in turn, Karen teaches in her own studio as well as teaching an intro to ceramics at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Beginning this fall, Karen will also be teaching for the Fox Chapel Adult Education Program.