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b. 1925 - d. 2016

Karen Karnes (November 17, 1925 – July 12, 2016) was an American ceramist, best known for her salt glazed, earth-toned stoneware ceramics.[1] She was born in 1925 in New York City, where she attended art schools for children. Her garment worker parents were Russian and Polish Jewish immigrants, and the family lived in the Bronx Coops.[1] Karen was influenced in many ways by her parents', communist philosophies, and has professed respect for working in small communities.

Karnes applied for and was accepted to the La Guardia High School. As a child she was surrounded by urban realities and visual influences, but she claims that her parents' old-world ideals kept her grounded.[2] At Brooklyn College she majored in design and graduated in 1946. After graduating, she studied abroad in Italy, where she continued to study ceramics.

After returning from Italy, Karnes began a graduate program at Alfred University, but left before completing her degree to work at Black Mountain College.

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      • (3) KAREN KARNES (1925-2016) THROWN & SALT-GLAZED STONEWARE VESSELS
        Mar. 22, 2024

        (3) KAREN KARNES (1925-2016) THROWN & SALT-GLAZED STONEWARE VESSELS

        Est: $500 - $700

        (lot of 3) Contemporary studio art pottery vessels, (one) with impressed mark KK (Karen Karnes, American, 1925-2016); tallest: approx 7.75"h, 5"diam, 6.5lbs total 

        Austin Auction Gallery
      • Karen Karnes, Collection of three works
        Mar. 06, 2024

        Karen Karnes, Collection of three works

        Est: $400 - $600

        Karen Karnes Collection of three works USA, c. 1980 salt-glazed stoneware 5.25 h x 8 dia in (13 x 20 cm) 3.75 h x 3.75 dia in (10 x 10 cm) 3.25 h x 4.5 dia in (8 x 11 cm) Lot is comprised of two covered vessels and one bowl. Chop mark to each example 'KK'. Provenance: Important Private Collection This work will ship from Lambertville, New Jersey.

        Rago Arts and Auction Center
      • Karen Karnes, large lidded casserole
        Mar. 06, 2024

        Karen Karnes, large lidded casserole

        Est: $100 - $150

        Late 20th c., American, salt-glazed stoneware, stamped with artist cipher, 9.5"h x 14.5"w x 12.25"d

        Millea Bros Ltd
      • Karen Karnes, Collection of four covered vessels
        Feb. 22, 2024

        Karen Karnes, Collection of four covered vessels

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        Karen Karnes Collection of four covered vessels USA, c. 1990 salt-glazed stoneware largest: 12.25 h x 10.5 dia in (31 x 27 cm) smallest: 4.5 h x 5 dia in (11 x 13 cm) Impressed artist's chop mark to each example 'KK' and incised date to two examples 'PCS 1990'. Sold with a digital copy of the invoice from Swan Gallery. Provenance: Swan Gallery, Philadelphia | Important Philadelphia Estate This work will ship from Lambertville, New Jersey.

        Rago Arts and Auction Center
      • Karen Karnes, Large vase
        Feb. 22, 2024

        Karen Karnes, Large vase

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        Karen Karnes Large vase USA, c. 1980 salt-glazed stoneware 13 h x 15 dia in (33 x 38 cm) Impressed artist's chop mark near base 'KK'. This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

        Rago Arts and Auction Center
      • Karen Karnes Large Glazed Stoneware Bowl
        Jan. 07, 2024

        Karen Karnes Large Glazed Stoneware Bowl

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Karen Karnes Large Glazed Stoneware Bowl. USA. Morgan, VT. Salt glazed stoneware. Impressed signature near base "KK" 14 dia x 8 5/8h.

        Main Auction Galleries
      • Karen Karnes Attr. Stoneware Pottery Covered Jar
        Dec. 17, 2023

        Karen Karnes Attr. Stoneware Pottery Covered Jar

        Est: $300 - $500

        Karen Karnes (American,1925-2016) attributed stoneware art pottery covered jar or pot, deep brown-green glaze with trace areas of blue, apparently unsigned. 9" H x 7.5" diameter.

        Auctions at Showplace
      • Karen Karnes Stoneware Art Pottery Covered Jar
        Dec. 17, 2023

        Karen Karnes Stoneware Art Pottery Covered Jar

        Est: $300 - $500

        Karen Karnes (American,1925-2016) stoneware art pottery covered jar with gray-green and blue glazes, signed with impressed artist's monogram "KK" to underside. 9" H. x 8" D.

        Auctions at Showplace
      • KAREN KARNES STUDIO POTTERY EARTHEN HANGING BIRDHOUSE TRIO. SIGNED WITH HER KK CYPHER
        Dec. 07, 2023

        KAREN KARNES STUDIO POTTERY EARTHEN HANGING BIRDHOUSE TRIO. SIGNED WITH HER KK CYPHER

        Est: $200 - $300

        Karen Karnes Studio Pottery Earthen Hanging Birdhouse Trio. Signed with her KK Cypher Dimensions: Height: 8 inches, Width: 21 inches, Depth: 21 inches. --- We offer curbside delivery to NYC, Manhattan, Close Brooklyn, Hoboken about a week after the last auction day at reasonable rates ($125 minimum stop charge). Tentative curbside delivery date December 13, 2023. See details at our website. https://www.uniquesandantiques.com/nyc/

        Uniques & Antiques
      • KAREN KARNES (AMERICAN, 1925-2016)
        Nov. 11, 2023

        KAREN KARNES (AMERICAN, 1925-2016)

        Est: $300 - $700

        Karen Karnes American, 1925-2016 Covered Urn Studio art pottery, stamped near the footing Lavender, beige and grey turned vessel with cover.

        Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
      • Karen Karnes Ceramic Bowl
        Oct. 18, 2023

        Karen Karnes Ceramic Bowl

        Est: $100 - $200

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016). Open rimmed vessel. 4.5" ht.

        Caza Sikes
      • Karen Karnes, large lidded casserole
        Oct. 12, 2023

        Karen Karnes, large lidded casserole

        Est: $200 - $300

        Late 20th c., American, salt-glazed stoneware, stamped with artist cipher, 9.5"h x 14.5"w x 12.25"d

        Millea Bros Ltd
      • Karen Karnes Stoneware Art Pottery 3 Bowl Server
        Aug. 06, 2023

        Karen Karnes Stoneware Art Pottery 3 Bowl Server

        Est: $300 - $500

        Karen Karnes (American,1925-2016) modern stoneware art pottery unusual form three-bowl server on shaped base, signed with impressed artist's monogram "KK" on base. 4" H x 8.5" W.

        Auctions at Showplace
      • Karen Karnes, Early Vase
        Jun. 15, 2023

        Karen Karnes, Early Vase

        Est: $500 - $700

        Karen Karnes, Early Vase USA, stoneware, artist's cypher, 12.75"h. Provenance: Property from the estate of a New England collector

        Clars Auctions
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Three Vessels Salt-glazed stoneware 7 x 4-1/2
        Jun. 06, 2023

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Three Vessels Salt-glazed stoneware 7 x 4-1/2

        Est: $700 - $900

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Three Vessels Salt-glazed stoneware 7 x 4-1/2 x 3-3/4 inches (17.8 x 11.4 x 9.5 cm) (tallest) Impressed artist's initials to each HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Karen Karnes (1925 - 2016) Stoneware
        May. 21, 2023

        Karen Karnes (1925 - 2016) Stoneware

        Est: $250 - $500

        A covered vessel with three color glaze, double K impressed mark as pictured.

        Locati LLC
      • Karen Karnes (VT 1925-2016) Art Pottery Vessel
        May. 05, 2023

        Karen Karnes (VT 1925-2016) Art Pottery Vessel

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        Contemporary late 20th c. Karen Karnes (1925-2016) Vermont studio art pottery six-spouted vessel or centerpiece vase, upper portion having vibrant purple matte glaze over dark charcoal raku-type lower portion, embossed cipher mark 8"-9"

        Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
      • Karen Karnes, Boulder with Three Openings
        Apr. 13, 2023

        Karen Karnes, Boulder with Three Openings

        Est: $1,500 - $2,000

        Karen Karnes Boulder with Three Openings USA, c. 1990 salt-glazed and wood-fired stoneware 9.75 h x 12.5 w x 10.5 d in (25 x 32 x 27 cm) Impressed signature near base 'KK'. This work will ship from Lambertville, New Jersey.

        Rago Arts and Auction Center
      • Karen Karnes (1925 - 2016) Stoneware
        Mar. 19, 2023

        Karen Karnes (1925 - 2016) Stoneware

        Est: $100 - $500

        A covered vessel with handles, marked as pictured.

        Locati LLC
      • Karen Karnes, Early Vase
        Mar. 16, 2023

        Karen Karnes, Early Vase

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Karen Karnes, Early Vase USA, stoneware, artist's cypher, 12.75"h. Provenance: Property from the estate of a New England collector

        Clars Auctions
      • KAREN KARNES (1925-2016) STUDIO ART POTTERY PLATE
        Mar. 12, 2023

        KAREN KARNES (1925-2016) STUDIO ART POTTERY PLATE

        Est: $50 - $100

        Freeform plate with impresssed herringbone style design. Milky white glaze. Incised double K mark to bottom. Excellent condition. 8.25" x 7.75" approx.

        District Auction
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Teapot and Large Lidded Jar, USA, late 20th century
        Mar. 08, 2023

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Teapot and Large Lidded Jar, USA, late 20th century

        Est: $700 - $900

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Teapot and Large Lidded Jar, USA, late 20th century Stoneware, salt-glazed stoneware Both with impressed artist's mark at base (H: 11 1/4, W: 13 1/2, D: 8 1/2 in. (teapot); H: 7 5/8, Dia: 8 1/2 in. (jar)) Qty: (2) Provenance Teapot The artist Private collection, purchased directly from the above Rago Auctions, Studio Ceramics, Lambertville, New Jersey, September 21, 2019, Lot 519 Property from a Philadelphia Private Collection Lidded Jar Collection of Sue and Malcolm Knapp Rago Auctions, Modern Ceramics & Glass, Lambertville, New Jersey, May 19, 2018, Lot 1576 Property from a Philadelphia Private Collection Literature Clark, Garth. "American Potters: The Work of Twenty Modern Masters." Watson-Guptill, New York, 1981. p. 87 (for a related example of the jar). Smith, Paul J. and Edward Lucie-Smith. "American Craft Today: Poetry of the Physical." American Craft Museum, 1986. p. 186, fig. 158 (for a form related to the teapot). Very good; no breaks or repairs; jar with a few glaze flakes to base, possibly in the making.

        Freeman's
      • Karen Karnes, Six Spouted Vessel
        Feb. 28, 2023

        Karen Karnes, Six Spouted Vessel

        Est: $1,200 - $1,600

        Karen Karnes Six Spouted Vessel USA, c. 1997 salt-glazed stoneware 9.5 h x 8.5 w x 7.75 d in (24 x 22 x 20 cm) Impressed signature near base 'KK'. Exhibited: Shapes From Out of Nowhere, 22 February - 29 August 2021, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Literature: Shapes From Out of Nowhere, Spinozzi et. al., ppg. 56-57 illustrates this example

        Rago Arts and Auction Center
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Salt-glazed stoneware 14 x 4-1/4 x 3-1
        Feb. 02, 2023

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Salt-glazed stoneware 14 x 4-1/4 x 3-1

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Salt-glazed stoneware 14 x 4-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches (35.6 x 10.8 x 8.3 cm) Impressed artist's monogram to lower body HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Two Covered Vessels Glazed stoneware 9 x 15 x
        Feb. 02, 2023

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Two Covered Vessels Glazed stoneware 9 x 15 x

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Two Covered Vessels Glazed stoneware 9 x 15 x 12-7/8 inches (22.9 x 38.1 x 32.7 cm) (largest, casserole bowl) Impressed artist's mark HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Karen Karnes (1925-2016) Studio Pottery Lidded Vessel, Vermont, c. 2000, incised artist's initials, ht. 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm).
        Jan. 18, 2023

        Karen Karnes (1925-2016) Studio Pottery Lidded Vessel, Vermont, c. 2000, incised artist's initials, ht. 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm).

        Est: $150 - $250

        Karen Karnes (1925-2016) Studio Pottery Lidded Vessel, Vermont, c. 2000, incised artist's initials, ht. 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm).

        Bonhams
      • KAREN KARNES ART POTTERY GLAZED STONEWARE BOWL
        Jan. 12, 2023

        KAREN KARNES ART POTTERY GLAZED STONEWARE BOWL

        Est: $50 - $1,000

        Karen Karnes (1925-2016) mid-century earth-toned ceramic bowl. Artist cipher on bottom edge. Dimensions: H 2.5" x Dia. 11" Condition: No issues to note.

        Westport Auction
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Two Lidded Vessels, late 20th century Glazed
        Sep. 29, 2022

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Two Lidded Vessels, late 20th century Glazed

        Est: $500 - $700

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Two Lidded Vessels, late 20th century Glazed stoneware 7 x 4-3/4 inches (17.8 x 12.1 cm) (tallest) Impressed artist's monogram to each HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Three Vessels Salt-glazed stoneware 7 x 4-1/2
        Sep. 29, 2022

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Three Vessels Salt-glazed stoneware 7 x 4-1/2

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Three Vessels Salt-glazed stoneware 7 x 4-1/2 x 3-3/4 inches (17.8 x 11.4 x 9.5 cm) (tallest) Impressed artist's initials to each HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Salt-glazed stoneware 14 x 4-1/4 x 3-1
        Sep. 29, 2022

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Salt-glazed stoneware 14 x 4-1/4 x 3-1

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Salt-glazed stoneware 14 x 4-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches (35.6 x 10.8 x 8.3 cm) Impressed artist's monogram to lower body HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Karen Karnes Mid-Century Modern Stoneware Art Pott
        Sep. 18, 2022

        Karen Karnes Mid-Century Modern Stoneware Art Pott

        Est: $200 - $400

        American Mid-Century Modern stoneware art pottery pitcher designed by Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016), with an orange and ochre glaze. The piece is signed with an impressed artist's monogram "KK" near the underside. In great vintage condition with age-appropriate wear and a minor repair to the bottom. Height: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm) Diameter: 6 in. (15.24 cm)

        Auctions at Showplace
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Stoneware Casserole
        Sep. 14, 2022

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Stoneware Casserole

        Est: $500 - $1,000

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Stoneware Casserole, signed. Size: 8.25'' x 12'' x 10.75'' (21 x 30 x 27 cm). Provenance: The Jimmy and Angela Clark Collection, Philadelphia.

        Material Culture
      • Karen Karnes (1925-2016) double-neck vase 6"dia x 9 3/4"h
        Aug. 24, 2022

        Karen Karnes (1925-2016) double-neck vase 6"dia x 9 3/4"h

        Est: $700 - $900

        Karen Karnes (1925-2016) double-neck vase USA, circa 1990 glazed stoneware impressed maker's monogram 6"dia x 9 3/4"h

        Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Glazed stoneware 12-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches
        Jul. 21, 2022

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Glazed stoneware 12-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches

        Est: $600 - $800

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Glazed stoneware 12-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches (31.8 x 24.1 cm) Stamped KK to underside HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Karen Karnes Stoneware Jar with Lid
        Jun. 17, 2022

        Karen Karnes Stoneware Jar with Lid

        Est: $300 - $500

        Karen Karnes (VT 1925-2016) stoneware jar with lid, signed with KK monogram on base, ht 5 1/2", diameter 5 1/2"

        Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
      • Karen Karnes (1925-2016) Untitled Vessel
        May. 25, 2022

        Karen Karnes (1925-2016) Untitled Vessel

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Karen Karnes (1925-2016) Untitled Vessel glazed stoneware signed with impressed chop mark H 10 1/2 x W 10 x D 11 inches

        Hindman
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Glazed stoneware 15-1/8 x 14-3/4 inche
        Apr. 14, 2022

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Glazed stoneware 15-1/8 x 14-3/4 inche

        Est: $600 - $800

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Glazed stoneware 15-1/8 x 14-3/4 inches (38.4 x 37.5 cm) Addorsed KK impressed at base HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Earthenware Vessel
        Mar. 02, 2022

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Earthenware Vessel

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Earthenware Vessel Height approx. 24 inches.

        Hindman
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Glazed stoneware 15-1/8 x 14-3/4 inche
        Jan. 27, 2022

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Glazed stoneware 15-1/8 x 14-3/4 inche

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Glazed stoneware 15-1/8 x 14-3/4 inches (38.4 x 37.5 cm) Addorsed KK impressed at base HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Covered Vessel Glazed stoneware 8-1/4 x 9-1/4
        Jan. 27, 2022

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Covered Vessel Glazed stoneware 8-1/4 x 9-1/4

        Est: $600 - $800

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Covered Vessel Glazed stoneware 8-1/4 x 9-1/4 x 8 inches (21.0 x 23.5 x 20.3 cm) Addorsed KK moulded at underside HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Boulder with Three Openings Glazed stoneware 9-3/4 x 13 x 16 inche
        Jan. 27, 2022

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Boulder with Three Openings Glazed stoneware 9-3/4 x 13 x 16 inche

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Boulder with Three Openings Glazed stoneware 9-3/4 x 13 x 16 inches (24.8 x 33.0 x 40.6 cm) Addorsed KK impressed to underside HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Karen Karnes, Mid-Century Covered Casserole
        Dec. 16, 2021

        Karen Karnes, Mid-Century Covered Casserole

        Est: $400 - $600

        (American, 1925-2016), the pot marked K.K. 9"h x 11-1/4"dia Provenance: Vermont State Craft Center; Property from the Collection of Stephen and Stephanie Alpert

        Nye & Company
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925 - 2016), "Covered Ceramic Container,"
        Oct. 16, 2021

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925 - 2016), "Covered Ceramic Container,"

        Est: $200 - $300

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925 - 2016), "Covered Ceramic Container," signed on the bottom with her distinctive chop, measures 4 x 4 inches. CONDITION: Good, no chips or cracks. Karen Karnes was known for her wheel thrown functional pottery, especially her iconic covered casseroles and her experiments with wood firing both functional and sculptural pottery.

        Huntington Museum of Art
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Covered Vessel Glazed stoneware 18-3/4 x 12-1
        Sep. 30, 2021

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Covered Vessel Glazed stoneware 18-3/4 x 12-1

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Covered Vessel Glazed stoneware 18-3/4 x 12-1/4 inches (47.6 x 31.1 cm) Addorsed KK impressed at base HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Glazed stoneware 15-1/8 x 14-3/4 inche
        Sep. 30, 2021

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Glazed stoneware 15-1/8 x 14-3/4 inche

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Glazed stoneware 15-1/8 x 14-3/4 inches (38.4 x 37.5 cm) Addorsed KK impressed at base HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Covered Vessel Glazed stoneware 8-1/8 x 11-1/
        Sep. 30, 2021

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Covered Vessel Glazed stoneware 8-1/8 x 11-1/

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Covered Vessel Glazed stoneware 8-1/8 x 11-1/2 inches (20.6 x 29.2 cm) Addorsed KK impressed to underside HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Glazed stoneware 8 x 10-3/4 x 9-3/4 in
        Sep. 30, 2021

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Glazed stoneware 8 x 10-3/4 x 9-3/4 in

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Vessel Glazed stoneware 8 x 10-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches (20.3 x 27.3 x 24.8 cm) Addorsed KK impressed moulded at underside HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Covered Vessel Glazed stoneware 8-1/4 x 9-1/4
        Sep. 30, 2021

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Covered Vessel Glazed stoneware 8-1/4 x 9-1/4

        Est: $600 - $800

        Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016) Covered Vessel Glazed stoneware 8-1/4 x 9-1/4 x 8 inches (21.0 x 23.5 x 20.3 cm) Addorsed KK moulded at underside HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
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