sculptor, Patti Warashina, was born in Spokane, Washington in l940,
as Masae Patricia Warashina. Her father, who emigrated to the U.S.
from Japan, married her Mother, a second-generation Japanese American
woman. Patti was the youngest of three children. She went to college
in Seattle and received her Bachelor 's and later her Master's of
Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington in l964. While
in college, she studied with sculptors, Robert Sperry, Harold Myers,
Rudy Autio, Shoji and Shinsaku Hamada, and Ruth Penington. Her first
solo exhibition was in l962 at the Phoenix Art Gallery. Warashina
later married fellow student Fred Bauer, and from l964 to l970 exhibited
as Patti Bauer
Early influences in Warashina's art include California Funk, Surrealism,
and experimental West Coast ceramic sculpture from the 50's and
60's. Her work is best known for satire, humor, and dream state
figures, expressed through low fire polychrome ceramic material.
Together with fellow artists, Robert Sperry, Howard
Kottler and Fred Bauer, she brought national recognition to the
department of ceramics at the University of Washington's School
of Art in the late l970's.
Patti Warashina has received several awards for achievements. Recently,
she received the Twining Humber Lifetime Achievement Award, 2002,
granted by Seattle's Artist Trust, and the Distinguished Alumnus
Award from the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences
in 2003. She received the Governor's Award of Special Commendation
for the Arts in l980, in addition to grants from the National Endowment
for the Arts in both l975, and l986. In l978, Warashina was awarded
through the World Craft Council Travel Grant, and Japan/U.S. Friendship
Committee, and Ford Foundation to participate at the World Craft
Conference in Kyoto, Japan, with travels in SE Asia. Warashina's
teaching career spans over 30 years and includes positions at the
University of Wisconsin, Platteville; Eastern Michigan University;
Cornish Art Academy in Seattle; and at her alma mater where she
has taught for over 25 years. Her work is featured in museum collections
in both the U.S. and abroad, including the American Craft Museum
in New York, the Seattle and Tacoma Art Museum; Henry Art Gallery,
Seattle; Los Angeles County Art Museum; the Smithsonian's American
Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington DC.; the Art Gallery of
Western Australia in Perth; Ichon World Ceramic Center in South
Korea; and Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art. Since her marriage
to Robert Sperry in l976, she has used Patti Warashina as her professional
name. Patti Warashina currently resides in Seattle, Washington.
She is represented by Howard House Contemporary Art in Seattle;
Loveed Fine Arts Associates in New York City.
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