Some Background on Karen
Karen Donleavy was born
in London, raised on the Isle of Man and lived in Ireland before coming to
Los Angles in 1979 to produce her whimsical, highly decorative animal designs
in high-fired porcelain. She studied at Dartington Hall School in Devon, England,
the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and London's Harrow School
of Art, where her teachers included world-renowned potters David Leach, Michael
Casson and Walter Keeler. While she tried working in other media--etchings
and drawings--she always returned to her first love, ceramics, to express
her fondness for animals.
Since beginning her line of hand-painted dinner ware, she has expanded her porcelain menagerie to more that 50 designs which are available in a variety of hand-thrown tableware, ranging from pitchers and platters to mugs and magnets. They are desired for both their functional use and increasingly, as collectibles. Her work has attracted the attention of such diverse personalities as Julie Andrews, Lauren Bacall, Charles Bronson, Shari Lewis, Malcolm McDowell, Luciano Pavarotti, Anthony Perkins and Berry Berenson, Mary Steenburgen, Jennifer Tilly, Tracey Ullman, Cindy Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Altman, and Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Doctorow, who have either purchased or requested special orders of her line.
Karen Donleavy Designs have been featured in over 100 of the country's most distinctive stores and galleries, including Henri Bendel, The New Morning Gallery (Asheville, North Carolina), Forrest Jones (San Francisco), Freehand (Los Angles), The Museum of Folk Art in Manhattan and Barney's Japan. She also creates an exclusive line of ceramic opera singers for the Metropolitan Opera Guild at Lincoln Center. Her work was an instant sell-out at the Anna-Mei Chadwick Gallery in London, in which her pottery was presented in a joint exhibition with the drawings of her father, the noted Irish author and playwright J.P. Donleavy. Karen Donleavy now maintains her studio in Caldwell, Idaho.
Karen recently had a joint show with her father at the National Arts Club in New York. Visit her site for personal and business details, and to view a video of a news piece recently done on her and her work. www.karendonleavy.com