Sculpture (2-works)

Dawn  Renee Arc en Ciel - 6 Strands
Arc en Ciel - 6 Strands
Raku ceramic
114 x in
Dawn  Renee Squeeze II
Squeeze II
8 x 2 x 2 in

Sculpture-wall (4-works)

Dawn  Renee Cerise
Raku ceramic
49 x 58 x 3.5 in
Dawn  Renee
Karen Clark Commission
Raku ceramic
32 x 52 x 3.5 in
Dawn  Renee Rouge sur le Rouge
Rouge sur le Rouge
Raku ceramic
55 x 47 x 3.5 in
Dawn  Renee Torrey Pines (Longue Ombres du Coucher du Soleil)
Torrey Pines (Longue Ombres du Coucher du Soleil)
Raku ceramic
43 x 58.5 x 3.5 in

Dawn  Renee

Dawn Renee

Dawn Renee Biography

(American, b. 1964)

Dawn Renee received her B.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994, and has been working almost exclusively as a raku ceramic sculptor for over 25 years. Her work has always explored how smaller constituent forms become integral to something larger; how light and shadow caught and refracted by the individual components create movement within, and give form to, the larger integral work. She counts among her artistic influences the abstract expressionism of Louise Nevelson’s monochromatic wooden compositions, and the post minimalist sculptures of Eva Hesse.


Dawn’s earlier work tended to focus on surface and texture, with the constituent forms working within the constraints of shallower dimensions.  After working with international Raku artists, Wally Asselberghs and  Patrick Crabb, she found herself thinking about forms in greater dimensions: in curves and swells that rise break from the surface while articulating the flow of the larger whole. The resultant play of absorption and refraction—of warm bare surfaces curling against and through shimmers of light and color—give her sculptures a quality that is at once grounded and atmospheric. Though beautiful even in stasis, her work cannot be fully appreciated until you have seen it displayed where the lighting shifts over time.

Dawn’s sculptures have been displayed in numerous venues such as Trove Gallery in Park City, Utah, and Coda Gallery in Palm Desert, California, and at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum’s 34th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibit. She has created commissioned work for several companies such as Elizabeth Arden Red Door and the Hilton Resorts as well as for private collectors that include film producer Kiki Goshay and retired news anchor and journalist Charles Gibson.  Her work was featured in an article on Houzz and on the cover of Tucson Home & Garden in 2017.  Most recently, she was commissioned to create a sculpture for the victims of the Gabrielle Giffords tradegy at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ.

Dawn Renee currently resides in Tucson, Arizona. When she is not working in her studio, she teaches art to a new generation of artists at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, where she developed the prototype for the Paint Pot Palette: a Braille palette that can easily be changed to allow blind artists to choose colors for glazing.

-J Ckristafer Baker

Dawn Renee Description


The Art of Composition


Dawn Renee Statement

My raku ceramic sculpture is created from many pieces and each has a relationship to the other in order to complete the whole. Raku can be broken down into its own components; the elements, earth, fire, water, and air and each are considered for their function, like the parts of the clock, they must work together. In working with bare surface techniques combined with raku, I attempt to achieve an atmospheric quality, which is a balance of the reflection and absorption of light.

Ancestry is my most recent series and it is an exploration into my heritage. The Orkney Isles off of Scotland have been home to my father’s family for centuries. The isles have served those that have lived off the land and the sea, both presenting challenges. Weight of the Wind, one of my sculptures in the series, was inspired by the assemblages seen off of the north face of farmhouse roofs on the Orkneys, as the winds off the North Sea never cease and cause roofs to break way to these winds; ropes run over the roof and are weighted down with rocks, buoys filled with sand and other heavy objects. The Orkneys are home to many artists and they will tell you that they love the light and that it is different there then anywhere else. That light and the elements that play out in extreme are an inspiration to my work within this series.


-Dawn Renee


Dawn Renee Resumé


2008     -           CODA Gallery, Park City, UT
2007-08 -           CODA Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2007-08 -           Seven-O-Seven Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2000-08 -           Niemann Hayden Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2005-08 -           Copper Shop, Bisbee, AZ
2007&’08 -         Lariets & Lace, Arizona Blind & Deaf Children’s Foundation Benefit, Tucson, AZ
2006     -           Paradise, So. AZ AIDS Foundation Benefit, Tucson, AZ
2001-06 -           Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2002-03 -           Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000     -           Hermitage Shelter Benefit, Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ
2000-01 -           Director’s Platform, Industry-a Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2000     -           No Red Dots, Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ
2000     -           Team 2000, IDAO Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999     -           Above & Beyond, October Gallery, Houston, TX
1999     -           Botanical Images, Apparatus Gallery, Tucson, AZ
1999     -           Stirred Not Shaken, DeGrazia Gallery, Tucson, AZ
1998     -           Paper Prayers, Café Magritte, Tucson, AZ


Collections and Commissions
Aviano Community Center, Scottsdale, AZ
Banner Estrella Hospital, Glendale, AZ
Gainey DC Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ
Robson Ranch, Casa Grande, AZ
Seville Country Club, Queen Creek, AZ
Scottsdale Conference Resort, Scottsdale, AZ
Elizabeth Arden Red Door, Wig Warn Resort, Litchfield, AZ Mr. & Mrs. K Young, Paradise Valley, AZ
Mr. & Mrs. I. Erlich, Scottsdale, AZ
Mr. B. Vail, Paradise Valley, AZ
Mr. & Mrs. L. Boyton, Phoenix, AZ
Mr. & Mrs. L. Martin, Scottsdale, AZ
Mr. & Mrs. J. Miller, Scottsdale, AZ
Mr. & Mrs. D. Lenz, Scottsdale, AZ
Mr. & Mrs. R. Stark, Scottsdale, AZ
Ms. M. Dominiak, Scottsdale, AZ
Ms. S. Gillette, Scottsdale, AZ
Mr. & Mrs. K. Goodman, Scottsdale, AZ
Mr. & Mrs. J. Olson, Scottsdale, AZ
Mr. & Mrs. F. Grant, Scottsdale, AZ
Mr. & Mrs. B. Levy, Scottsdale, AZ
Mr. & Mrs. P. Glick, Scottsdale, AZ
Ms. P. Gieringer, Paradise Valley, AZ
Ms. J. Middleton, Paradise Valley, AZ
Mr. & Mrs. M. Stoll, Scottsdale, AZ
Ms. J. Koller, Tucson, AZ
Mr. N. LaRocco, Chicago, IL
Mr. E. O’Shaughnessy, Chicago, IL


Museums & Lectures
2008    Please Touch Again, Group Exhibition, Tohono Chul CulturaMuseum, Tucson, AZ

2000    Raku & the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Lecture/Demo, Pima

Community College, Tucson, AZ

1999    Please Touch, Group Exhibition, Tohono Chul Cultural Museum, Tucson. AZ

2001         Juror, Annual Exhibition, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
2000-01    Director of monthly exhibitions, Industry-a Gallery, Tucson, AZ
1995         Around the Coyote, Wicker Park Arts District, Chicago, IL
1995         Ero’s Passage, Wicker Park Arts District, Chicago, IL 


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