Karen Koblitz

+1 (917) 477-1937

Karen is an internationally recognized artist and educator whose vibrant ceramic and mixed media works can be found in collections worldwide. She creates pieces for public and private commissions and is currently Head of Ceramics in the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts.

CURRENT SHOW - BC to BC – New Ceramic Art from Baja California to British Columbia

I'm excited to invite you to come see my new collection of work at the San Diego Art Institute. Curated by Peter Rozen, this exhibit features 34 of the West Coast’s most innovative contemporary ceramics artists — from Baja California to British Columbia. On view through October 20, 2017.

Opening: Saturday, September 16th, 10am - 5pm
Exhibition: September 16 – October 20, 2017
Location: San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado (Balboa Park), San Diego

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I began working on the Objects of Memory series in June 2015 after clearing out our parents' residence. It is a recollection of items lovingly collected over the years that bring memories of home, growing up surrounded by beautiful items, and the impression and influence they have had on my life.

Chinese Cabinet, 2015-2017,  62.5” ht. x40” width x 16.25 depth, porcelain, pine and mixed media. Photo credit: Ruben Diaz

Chinese Cabinet, 2015-2017,  62.5” ht. x40” width x 16.25 depth, porcelain, pine and mixed media. Photo credit: Ruben Diaz

CURRENT SHOW - Vessel Variations - Oct 7-Nov 4

This group show features the work of eight artists who exhibit a variety of approaches to the making of the vessel. Peekskill Studio Director Jessica Dubin selected three pieces from my Tattoo Series, a series of simple vessels emulate objects found in ancient burials. Dotted sgrafitto patterns on the surface of these forms are repeated on the wall. These punctuated arrangements were inspired by an archaeologist’s drawings that map the surface symbology found on the vessel’s exterior.  Travels to Azerbaijan (2006 and 2008), the exotic crossroads of the Caucasus Mountains and the Caspian Sea, provided inspiration for the Tattoo Series.

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 14th, 4 – 7 p.m.
Exhibition: October 7 – November 4, 2017
Location: Peekskill Clay Studios, 1000 N. Division Street, Suite #13A, Peekskill, New York 10566
Phone: (914) 739-2529      

Bull & Hare, 2009,  26.5” ht. x 23” w x 10” depth. Ceramic and graphite on paper.

Bull & Hare, 2009,  26.5” ht. x 23” w x 10” depth. Ceramic and graphite on paper.

Embroidered Memorial Update

I would like to share the current on the progress on Embroidered Memorial. After a visit to the Czech Republic this year, I’ve not only made more progress in the sewing of the pieces but I now can put faces and stories to the names on this cloth. Please visit Recent Works and read more about this piece.

Recent image of the Embroidered Memorial (half done) in progress. 30” width. Cotton and embroidery thread.

Recent image of the Embroidered Memorial (half done) in progress. 30” width. Cotton and embroidery thread.