Kari Rives










I have worked in various media throughout my life, studying painting and glass at the School of The Museum of Fine Art in Boston, as well as the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. My training held me accountable for honesty of purpose and demanded that I possess a truly critical eye toward the quality of my work - both necessary for a lifetime in art. I deal primarily with animals, secure in safe places, and am also intrigued by the concept of inanimate objects having feelings and an inner life.


In recent years my work has focused more on animals. They play such an important part in many of our lives, and I have always been drawn to them: the way they express themselves, their shapes, and the fact that they almost always forgive. The tactile nature of clay provides a great opportunity for expressive gesture, and I prefer to leave the evidence of my touch, moving quickly to maintain a sense of physicality and life breathing from my forms. I aim to have my sculptures convey the energy and essence of the subjects they represent.


In an uncertain and often scary world, I don't feel the need to be confrontational through artwork; I would rather encourage empathy as opposed to alienation.


My pieces are often fired repeatedly from high to lower temperatures, offering me a huge color palette to draw from and an increased depth and layering as a result. The process offers so many surprises: one never knows exactly what will come out of the kiln ~




Tom Collins of the Albuquerque Journal describes my animal miniatures and wall-hung pieces as “fast, loose and amazingly affecting evocations....The visible pressure of each finger stroke somehow has molded (Joseph’s) visage and more importantly, his personality.




Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine 1982

School of the Museum of Fine Arts/ Tufts University, Boston: B.S.Ed


"Cupid's Arrow" Wheelhouse Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Juried by Bruce Helander.

"Monumental Ideas: Intimate Scale" Rivercampus Gallery, Southeast MIssouri State University. Juried by Benjie Heu, professor of Ceramics.

"Off the Cuff" Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, New Mexico.

"20th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition", 2014, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas. Awarded honors by juror Leopold Foulem.

"Contemporary Clay 2014 - 5th Biennial Exhibit", Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, Colorado. Jim Romberg juror.

Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art, "Circus" ArtFeast Santa Fe, invited artist.

"New Mexico Art in Public Places Purchase Initiative", chosen as a finalist, 2013.

"Visions in Clay 2013" LH Horton Jr. Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, juried by Peter Held.

"15th Annual National Contemporary Exhibition 2013" Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, Colorado. Juried by Joellyn Duesberry.

"We Who Are Clay" Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, New Mexico. Winner of the Viewer's Choice Award.

"Ceramacom" 2013, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, California. Juried by Elaine Henry.

"Handle With Care" 2012, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

"Ecumene: Global Interface in American Ceramics" 2012 Santa Fe, NM, curated by Jane Sauer, Linda Ganstrom, Clark Baughan, James Marshall.

"S,M,L" 2012, Rift Gallery, New Mexico.

"Elements" Exhibit of Ceramic and Glass Art, 2012, Santa Fe Community Gallery,  Santa Fe, New Mexico .

“Ink & Clay 38” 2012, Kellogg University Art Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona, California, juried by Carol Sauvion.

“Beauty in the Beast” 2012, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, New Mexico.

“Feats of Clay XXIV” 2011, Lincoln Arts Center, California, Donna Billick juror, merit awarded by patron.

“University of Dallas Regional Ceramics Competition” 2011 Dallas and Wichita Falls, received honors as awarded by juror Cynthia Briggle .

“In House” 2009, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Embrace” 2009, Infinite Grace Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“The Golden Gap” 2008, Weyrich Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“Our Fine Friends” 2008, Gallery 284, El Dorado, New Mexico.

“Broken/Repaired” 2007, Rift Gallery, Rinconada, New Mexico.

“From the Ground Up XXlll” 2007, Las Cruces Museum of Art.

“Ceramics Biennial Exhibition” 2006, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Mary Barringer juror.

“Black and White” 2006 Rift Gallery, Dixon, New Mexico.

“Holiday Show” 2004, A la Carte Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico .

Off the Wall Gallery, 2003, Santa Fe.

Tropic of Capricorn, 2003, Santa Fe.

“Sprong” 1987, The Basement Gallery, Boston.

“Newton Festival of the Arts Invitational Exhibit” 1986, Newton Arts Center, Boston.

“New England Open” 1985, The Grove Street Gallery, Worcester MA.

Arts and Crafts Society, 1978-1979, Boston.


Terzian Gallery, Park City, Utah

Wilde Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale and Tucson

Canyon Road Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Los Alamos Monitor, Diversions 2012 :Beauty in the Beast"

Lark Publications “500 Judaica” 2010

Ceramics: Art and Perception, 2008 “With Breath: The Clay Work of Kari Rives”

Lark Publications “500 Animals in Clay” 2006, juried by Joe Bova

Rio Grande Sun Arts, 2006 “’Spot’ a Black and White Show”

Albuquerque Journal North, 2006 “From Serene and Clean to Down and Funky”

Certificate of Distinction, “Creativity” Art Direction magazine, 1992

Worcester Magazine, 1985 “Grove Street’s ‘Unsanctified’ Open”