Catherine White


Because pottery itself abstractly expresses—through clay, glaze and shape—nature’s landscape, it can be as spirited as a spring day or as barren as a raw and sullen winter afternoon, barely touched with color. I am aiming for distillations from nature, historically alive and poetically inspired. Clay processes are intertwined with extensive drawing, painting and collaging on paper. One recurring focus is the many forms of grasses. As depicted in my clay and paper works, images range from seasonal portraits to drawings of digested visions, quite specific yet not overly-literal.


Biographical Information

Born in 1958; grew up in New York City. Received an A.A. degree in 1977 from Simon's Rock College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Moved to Aix en Provence, France in 1978 to study painting at the Leo Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing. Returned to the United States in 1979 and obtained a B.A. in Fine Arts from Antioch University Maryland. Completed a M.F.A. in Ceramics at Antioch by 1982; Assistant Professor for two years teaching ceramic wheel, handbuilding and drawing to M.F.A. and undergraduate students. Established pottery studio in 1984 in Dayton, Maryland. Moved and re-established full-time studio in Warrenton, Virginia in 1989. Yearly commissions since 1983 to make pottery for OMEN, a restaurant in Soho, New York City (affiliated with OMEN, Kyoto). Adjunct Professor of Ceramics from 1993-1995 at American University, Washington, D.C. Currently Adjunct Faculty (Ceramics) at Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC. and at Hood College, Frederick, Maryland (graduate program).


Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian American Art Museum), Washington, DC
Sackler Gallery of Asian Art , Washington, DC

Selected Exhibitions

2010 Chroma Projects Art Laboratory, Charlottesville, VA, ongoing exhibit space.
2009 Zigzag Gallery, The Plains, VA, Material Thoughts, exhibit with Warren Frederick.
2009 VisArts, Rockville, MD, Sculpting Time, invitational.
2009 Gallery Schlesinger, New York, NY, Rough Lines, one-person exhibit.
2008-9 American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington DC, Washington Project for the Arts Auction Exhibit, invited table-top sculpture artist.
2008 Standard Ceramic, NCECA, Pittsburgh,  Myth of Permanence, curated with Margaret Boozer.
2007 Art School at Old Church, Demarest, NJ, 33rd Annual Show.
2007 Simon’s Rock Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, 40th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition.
2007 Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wood, invitational.
2006 The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, 2D/3D, five-person exhibit, collages and pottery.
2006 Zigzag Gallery, The Plains, VA, Shades of Clay, one-person exhibit.
2006 Lawrence Gallery, Portland, OR, Wood Fire, Form and Surface, invitational.
2005 Red Dirt Studio, Mt. Rainier, MD, Diverging Distillations.
  Southwest School of Art & Craft, San Antonio, Texas, The Visceral Vessel, invitational.
  Resurgam Gallery, Baltimore, MD, Geologic Personality, exhibit with Margaret Boozer.
  City Gallery, Baltimore, MD, The Poetry of Pottery, invitational exhibit.
  Stancills, Perryville, MD, Coming Home: A Journey in Clay, invitational exhibit.
  Rockville Arts Place, Gaithersburg, MD, Metro Clay, invitational exhibit, curator Ken Trapp.

Coe College, The Naked Truth, at the 2004 International Woodfire Conference,  Cedar Rapids,  Iowa, pre-conference, exhibit and panelist participant.


Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC, Quiet Voices,   invitational  exhibit.


Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin FL, The Power of Pottery, invitational exhibit.

2003 Troyer Gallery, Washington DC, Evolving Forms, two-person exhibit with Warren Frederick.
  The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, Tea for Two/Table for Two, invitational exhibit.

White Lotus Gallery, Eugene, OR, Influences, Interpretations, and Traditions from Asian  Ceramics, invitational curated by Dan Schmitt.


Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC, Spotlight 2003,  American Craft Council,  juried exhibit.


East Fine Arts Gallery, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, Women Playing With Fire, invitational exhibit.

2002 Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI, “Less is More: Ceramics with a Minimal Aesthetic.”
  GRACE Gallery, Reston, VA, “To Hold and to Have-Cups & Mugs,” group exhibit.
  Pavilion, Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD, “In the Spirit of Tradition,” five artists

Omen and Felissimo, New York City, traveling in Japan, “Twining Grape Vine,” (drawing) in “PeaceArt by 100 Artists”

  Anton Gallery, Washington, DC and Barbara Crawford Art Gallery, Philadephia, PA, “A Remembrance Alphabet,” (collages in accordian books) included in “9.11.01”
2001 Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian American Art Museum), Washington, DC "USA Clay."
  Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA, "A View of Contemporary Ceramics," Juried exhibit.
  Blue Pony Gallery, Charlotte, NC, "To Have and To Hold," Invitational exhibit.

Cort/Lefferts, Washington, DC, "Pottery," Exhibit with C. White.

2000 Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA, "Impressions in Clay," Juried exhibit.
  Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI, "Plates and Platters," Invitational exhibit.
  Blue Ridge Windows, Warrenton, VA, "Glimpses of Making Art: An Installation of Artistic Process." Solo exhibit.
  Salve Regina Gallery, Washington, DC, "Warren Frederick and Catherine White."
1999 Omen, New York, NY, "Plates" Exhibit with W. Frederick.
  Astra Design, Richmond, VA, "To Have and To Hold," Invitational exhibit.
  University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa, "Different Stokes," Invitational international wood-fired ceramics exhibit.
  Cort/Lefferts, Washington, DC, "Pottery," Exhibit with C. White.
1998 Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA, "Working with Function," Juried exhibit.
  Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY, Invitational exhibit.
1997 Cort/Lefferts, Washington, DC, "Pottery," Exhibit with C. White.
  Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA, "Pots 97," Juried exhibit.
  Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC, "Hot Ice II: A Tea Ceremony," Invitational exhibit.
  Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI "Plates: Salon Style," Invitational exhibit.
1996 Omen, New York, NY, "Plates" Exhibit with W. Frederick.
  Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC, "Wood-Fired Clay: Ancient Techniques, Modern Interpretations," Invitational exhibit.
  Longwood Center For the Visual Arts, Farmville, VA, "Virginia Clay," Invitational exhibit.
  Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MI, "4th Annual Teapot Exhibition," Invitational exhibit.
1995 Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA, "Hero Pots." Invitational exhibit curated by Jack Troy.
  Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, MI, "The Contemporary Teapot."
  Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, MI, "The Vase: A Container for Flowers."
  Craft Alliance, St. Louis. MO, "Third Annual Teapot Exhibit."
1994 Anton Gallery, Washington, DC, "Pottery Is Pure Art." Three person exhibit..
  San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX, "Ninth Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition," April 14 - May 29.
1993 Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL, "Seventh Annual Great Lakes National."
  Tenri Gallery, New York, NY, "Modern American Potters," May 15 - June 10. Five person exhibit.
  Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, DC, "Faculty Exhibition."
  Pewabic, Detroit, MI, "A Gentle Touch." Five person exhibit.
  Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, "Exhibition 280: Works Off Walls."
1992 The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, "The Art of Tea."
  Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN, "Utilitarian Clay: Celebrate the Object." In "Invited Clay Artists Exhibition," August 19 - October 24.
  Pro-Art, St. Louis, MO, "Recent Work." Solo exhibit, May 16 - June 30.
  University Museum at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, "Clay Cup IV." Juried competition and traveling exhibition. Winner of "The President Award."
  Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA, "The Clay Cup."
  Swidler Gallery, Royal Oak, MI, "First Cup of the Day: Beauty Through Use."
  Hand Workshop, Richmond, VA, "Function and Metaphor: Dinnerware by Artists."
1991 Luckenbach Mill Gallery, Bethlehem, PA, "The Dining Experience: A Craft Expression."
  San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX, "Sixth Annual Monarch Tile National Ceramic Competition"; also selected as part of smaller exhibit traveling to the Kennedy- Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, Alabama.
1990 Pro-Art, St. Louis, MO, "New Faces," Solo exhibit.
  Swidler Gallery, Royal Oak, MI, "The Vase: A Container for Flowers."
1989 Swidler Gallery, Royal Oak, MI, "The Expressive Teapot."
1988 Swidler Gallery, Royal Oak, MI, "Functional Ceramics As Usable Art: Ten Artists."
  Pro-Art, St. Louis, MO, "SIUE Award Winners" Exhibition.
  University Center Gallery, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, "SIUE Clay National." Purchase Award.
  Renwick Gallery, Sales Exhibition of Award Winners, Creative Craft Council Biennial Exhibitions Since 1980. [1982 Biennial, Honorable Mention Award.]



“Review: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wood?,” Howard Risatti, Ceramics Monthly, December 2006, pp. 22-24.

“Catherine White, Single Stem Platter,” in Kevin Hluch,  “The Power of Pottery,” Ceramics Monthly, Jan 2004.

“Catherine White, Cocoon Vase,” in Warren Frederick, “Spokes of Tradition,” Ceramics Monthly, October 2002.

"Catherine White," The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, Kevin Hluch, Krause Publications, Iola, WI, 2001.

"Catherine White, Vase with Ridges," Different Stokes: International Woodfire Exhibition, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa, 1999, page 84.

"Catherine White," The Best of Pottery 2, Angela Fina and Christopher Gustin, Rockport Publishers, Rockport, MA, 1998, page 102.

"Catherine White, Black Bottle," The Best of Pottery, Jonathan Fairbanks and Angela Fina, Rockport Publishers, Rockport, MA, 1996, page 99.

"Portfolio: Catherine White," American Craft, February/March 1994, page 59.

"Everything Old [Review of OMEN]," Jeff Weinstein, The Village Voice, 11/9/93, page 48.

"Catherine White," Samantha Krukowski, American Ceramics, Winter 1993, 10/3, page 51.

"Artistic feast: Dinnerware to devour," Ann Holiday, The Richmond News Leader, 1/10/92.



The Tool of Drawing, Studio Potter, Summer 2008, 36(2), pp. 70-73.

The Dance of Materials, Studio Potter, June 2006, 34(2), pp. 16-17.

Spiralling Choices, The Log Book, #20, 2005, pp. 3-9.

Phrases of the Brush, Sketchbook Press, 2002

"Table Settings," Ceramics Monthly, May 1992, 40(5), page 34.