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About Catherine White & Warren Frederick

Catherine White and Warren Frederick have shared a studio since 1984, moving to Warrenton, Virginia in 1988. They have had pottery commissions for over thirty-five years for Omen-Azen, a Japanese restaurant in New York City; both are represented in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian and other museum collections.

White has been in more than 100 exhibitions. She has had commissions for state gifts presented by the Obamas. She has written articles examining topics such as failure, drawing, materials and choice. White has an MFA in ceramics, studied painting in Aix-en-Provence, France and taught ceramics from 2002 to 2015 at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC.

Warren Frederick’s stint as a researcher that began at The Urban Institute in Washington, DC, after a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, was forever interrupted by clay. After a MFA degree, Frederick became a full-time potter working alongside Catherine in 1984. Frederick has been in over seventy exhibitions. He has written about American, African and Korean ceramics and most recently controlled cooling.

Artist Statement

Catherine White and Warren Frederick live and work together in the rolling hills of Virginia one hour west of Washington, DC. Committed to making objects both artistic and usable, they are fascinated by the metamorphosis of clay from dust to rock via the collaboration of material, hand, fire, and use. This year they combine forces at Pottery on the Hill, showing individual as well as new collaborative work. In recent years, desiring to embrace change, they have been experimenting with wild clays, other raw materials, and alterations to the firing and cooling atmospheres in their wood-fired anagama and gas-fired kilns.

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