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Patti Kjonaas is the granddaughter of an unmarried Norwegian woman farmer who immigrated to northern No. Dakota at the turn of the 20th c. on her own ticket. Born to a cold, unjoyful Lutheran community, as far from the ocean as you can get on the North American continent, Patti’s mother Barbara insisted the family move to Seal Beach, California in 1957 when Patti turned 1 year old, thank god.

Relieved of a life of a 2 1/2 month growing season, Patti grew up gardening big flowers, immense vines, and eating Mexican food. Spared from any type of public transportation system, Patti bravely walked the many miles to school through unrelenting sunshine, courageously facing gangs of surfers and holidaymakers. Ultimately succumbing to the inevitable, she joined their ranks and ended up to her neck in the ocean without ever actually learning to swim.

Undeterred by the complete lack of adult supervision, she didn’t drown and discovered the ceramic department at her enormous and anonymous public high school. “This is the life for me”; she said and after graduation, proceeded to take on the entirely male-dominated culture of clay at her local community college, where she was told, “women don’t make good potters”. Still, she persisted, and immediately following that, her work was exhibited by the Newport Harbor Art Museum. With some years of experience later, and, after living in London learning to draw, she attended the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland where she focused on drawing and printmaking, again being told by a certain professor, “you’re nice as a woman, but as a painter, you’ll never make it”.

Well, she showed them, inspiring the Richmond Art Center from the mid 80’s to the early 2000s as the Center’s single most sought-after instructor ever and influencing a generation of potters with her introductions to earthenware and printmaking. After many years selling her work to over 80 galleries across the US and having calmed down significantly, she became a high school art teacher. “Teens deserve ALL we can give them, they are our future” was her philosophy and she settled into being ‘that ceramic teacher’ we all wish we’d had. Finally getting tired of the commute, Patti is back in her studio engineering a 7-foot tall, self-watering planted fountain.

Exhibitions

Landscape On The Edge                        
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MARCH 7 - SEPTEMBER 10 - 2023

Weather Capturing                         
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APRIL 16 - NOVEMBER 8 - 2023

Worldwide                       
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JULY 17 - OCTOBER 1 - 2023

The Landscape                       
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MAY 28 - NOVEMBER 26 - 2023

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