ABOUT HEIDI LOEWEN PORCELAIN

Porcelain is my sculptural canvas. My work is smoked with a variety of pine needles and organic combustibles yielding strong earth tones, punctuated with the vibrancy of gold leaf. As the famous chefs Julia Child and Nigella Lawson famously prepare their delicious food, I sprinkle my “spices” of combustibles to smoke, add a dash of oil paint and place finishing touches with pigmented waxes or varnish to my platters and sculptures.

Often my new techniques are direct results of crazy mistakes. These mistakes usually become my most successful techniques. As an example, the carved chattering came as a result of my tool bumping along the clay, as it was too hard to trim in a smooth fashion. I’ve been making this great “mistake” with carving my clay for years now!

My creations vary from playful miniatures, to large-scale vessels, to multiple installations. I’m drawn to refined, elegant forms with curls, swirls and exceedingly thin rims. I try to capture elegance and humor simultaneously in my porcelain. I take my work seriously, but throw in a dash of humor at every turn.

EXHIBITIONS, PUBLICATIONS, BACKGROUND

Exhibitions
2007 Arkansas Arts Center
April 13 – June 24
Little Rock, AR
2007 Contemporary Crafts Museum
July 22 – September 23
Portland, OR
2007 Mingei International Museum
October 20 – January 27 2008
San Diego, CA
2007 Edmund Craig Gallery Fort Worth, TX
2006-2007 Costello Childs Contemporary Art Phoenix, AZ
2002-2007 C. Anthony Gallery Beaver Creek, CO
2002 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Santa Fe, NM
2003-2005 Seven-O-Seven Contemporary Santa Fe, NM
2003-2005 Lyon & Lyon Fine Art New Orleans, LA
2002-2003 Hennington Fine Arts Santa Fe, NM
2002 Philinda Gallery Vail, CO
2001-2003 Chiaroscuro Gallery Scottsdale, AZ
1998-2005 Lumina Gallery Taos, NM
1994-2005 Rochester Memorial Art Gallery Rochester, NY
1998-2004 Katie Gingrass Gallery Milwaukee, WI
1998-2004 Fenton Fine Arts Fort Worth, TX
1998-2000 Carole Laroche Gallery Santa Fe, NM
1995-2000 Infinity Gallery Boston, MA
1996-1997 Waxlander Khadoure Fine Art Santa Fe, NM
1994-1998 Schneider Gallery Chicago, IL
1994-1996 Mariposa Gallery Albuquerque, NM
1992-1996 Santa Fe Clay Santa Fe, NM
1993 The Alder Gallery Eugene, OR
1993 New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts Santa Fe, NM
1989-1992 Harvard University Cambridge, MA

Television
2007 Giada’s Weekend Getaways
Santa Fe episode featuring Heidi Loewen
Teaching Giada De Laurentiis to throw porcelain on the wheel and toss pots in the air!
Filmed in Santa Fe by the Food Network Channel
Airing: February 9, 10 & 11, 2007 Worldwide
2002 Home & Garden TV
Smoke Fired Porcelain
Vessels filmed by HGTV in a private Santa Fe, New Mexican residence.

Publications
2007 Santa Fe New Mexican, Newspaper
“Gallery owner doesn’t mind if clients get their hands dirty,” Cindy Bellinger
Santa Fe, NM
2007 Craft in America, 150 Years of Artists and Objects
Jo Lauria and Steve Fenton
Prologue by President Jimmy Carter
Los Angeles, CA
2006 Southwest Biennale
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
Curator: Neal Benezra, Director San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Albuquerque, NM
2004 3-D Art/Techne, The New Mexico Artist Series
Aline Brandauer, Curator
Fresco Fine Art Publications
Albuquerque, NM
2003 Metropolitan Home, Magazine Santa Fe, NM
1998 The Food of Santa Fe, Authentic Recipes from the American Southwest
Periplus Publications.
Santa Fe, NM
1994 The Great Salsa Book
Publication by Mark Miller & Mark Kiffin.
Santa Fe, NM
1993 Coyote Café’s Southwest Pantry
Publication by Mark Miller & Mark Kiffin.
Santa Fe, NM

Education
2006 ANDERSON RANCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, Snowmass, CO
1990 HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS, Deere Isle, ME
1988-1990 HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge, MA
1976-1977 UNIVERSITY OF PARIS, SORBONNE, Paris, FRANCE
1974-1978 SKIDMORE COLLEGE, Saratoga Springs, NY – Bachelor of Science, Studio Art Major. Honors

Employment
1996-Present HEIDI LOEWEN PORCELAIN, Santa Fe, NM
Gallery Founder & Director of Ceramic Arts School
2002 GEORGIA O’KEEFFE MUSEUM, Santa Fe, NM
Ceramics Professor for Girls in Leadership Program
1984-1987 SPRING CREEK ART COLLECTION, Boston, MA
William I. Koch Collection. Assistant Curator to major art collector and private art foundation.
1979-1984 SOTHEBY’S ART AUCTION HOUSE, New York, NY
Business Manager for Chinese and Japanese Works of Art, Oriental Rugs and Ethnographic Works of Art.
World’s largest art auction house.
1978-1979 AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SWITZERLAND, Leysin, Switzerland
Administrator, French Translator
1978-1979 SWISS SKI SCHOOL Leysin, SWITZERLAND
Bilingual Ski Instructor in English & French
1977 METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, New York, NY
Office of the Registrar, Intern

AWARDS, HONORS & EXHIBITIONS

The United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) selected me to go to Icheon, South Korea, to teach, lecture and demonstrate in the Spring of 2012. This was a trip of a lifetime, working with professional ceramic artists, as well as teaching children in a public setting in the famous Seolbong Ceramic Park, outside of Seoul. I’ve been asked back to teach and create with a living ceramic treasure of South Korea – a huge honor! When my collaborator, Mr. Han Sug Bong, comes to Santa Fe, he works in my studio and gallery with me. Icheon and Santa Fe are now Sister Cities.

In May, 2015, I was invited to show one of my largest sculptures, “Back to Egypt, a smoked porcelain vessel lined with 22-karat gold leaf in the Matthews Gallery – New Mexico Women in the Arts show on Canyon Road, Santa Fe. Included in this show are works by Janet Lippencott, Maria Martinez, Beatrice Mandelman, Dorothy Brett and Dorothy Morang.

For several years running, I have been invited to exhibit my works with prominent interior designers in the annual Show House Santa Fe to benefit art students in public schools.

In October, 2012 I was invited to exhibit and sell of my porcelain stiletto shoes with 22-karat gold leaf and gemstones at the Carlos Slim Helu’s Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, Mexico. This shoe, along with others, were sold to benefit children throughout Mexico who have no shoes.

AFFILIATIONS

Proud Business Partner of the
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Member Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Member New Mexico Glass Alliance
Member Santa Fe Gallery Association
Member Council on International Relations

CAUSES I BELIEVE IN

Here are many of the great causes to which I have donated many porcelain works of art:

The  American Cancer Society
The Animal Shelter of Santa Fe
The Rape Crisis Center
The Boys & Girls Club
Girls Inc.
Desert Adademy
The United Way
The Adaptive Ski Program
Dollars for Schools
St. Vincent Hospital
The Santa Fe Opera
The Santa Fe Chamber Music
The Lensic Performing Arts Center
The Cowboy Hall of Fame
Acequia Madre Elementary
Santa Fe Preparatory School
Warehouse 21 – Youth Outreach
ArtFeast – Art in the Public Schools
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Educational Program