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Nan McKinnell (aka Nan Bangs)

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Nan McKinnell

American, (1913–2012)

McKinnell, born in 1913 in Stanton, Nebraska, gained an appreciation of art at a very young age. Her father was a dentist and her mother was a homemaker, but both supported her artistic endeavors by enrolling her in piano lessons as well as private art lessons. She received a BFA in music and education from Wayne State College in Nebraska, and moved to Seattle to work as a teacher. She entered graduate school at the University of Washington to study painting and design, but after taking a class in ceramic engineering, she quickly changed her major. While in graduate school, she met Jim McKinnell, whom she later married and collaborated with for several decades. Their joint contributions to ceramics education through the Archie Bray Foundation as well as the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts helped shape twentieth-century American ceramics.

Artist Objects

Cup 1984.587

Cup 1984.588

Cup 1984.589

Cup 1984.590

Cup 1984.591

Cup 1984.592

Cup 1984.593

Cup 1984.594

Saucer 1984.579

Saucer 1984.580

Saucer 1984.581

Saucer 1984.582

Saucer 1984.583

Saucer 1984.584

Saucer 1984.585

Saucer 1984.586

Tea Set 1984.579-595

Teacup 1984.761

Teacup 1984.762

Teacup 1984.763

Teacup 1984.765

Teacup 1984.766

Teapcup 1984.764

Teapot 1984.595

Teapot 1984.760

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