Dawn McNamara
Bainbridge Island, WA

Dawn is Retired and happily residing on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, having arrived four years ago from Southern California. After an active working career in marketing and real estate, along with her life-long pursuit in working in ceramic art, she considers it a blessing now to be able to devote full time to her craft. Knowing no one other than her family which drew her to the island, she immediately plunged in by doing volunteer work at the new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art which currently sells her work in their shop.

Dawn’s art pieces usually begin in a small work space built into her beautiful home; and firing, glazing and finishing is done at Hidden Cove Pottery, a stone’s throw from her front door. Firing is usually mid range along with occasional raku firings. She continues educating herself with classes to enhance techniques, and feels gifted in becoming part of the island’s vibrant art community which inspires creativity and gives a sense of fellowship. Her pieces reflect a variety of interests, including yoga poses, elephants, teapots, etc., very often inspired by her children.

Her work has been collected on exhibit and/or for sale in Vancouver, B.C., Cortona, Italy, Athens, Georgia, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and Mission Viejo in California. Attended the 2005 International Ceramic Art Conference in Yixing, China, and was invited to have a piece in their museum. She continues to donate her work to the Bainbridge Museum in order to assist them in their private fund raising efforts and participates yearly in Bainbridge Island’s August, December Artist Tours.

Dawn’s whimsical outlook and passion for life are truly reflected in her pieces. She says, “If I can bring a smile to the viewer’s face, it’s all been worth while!