Education

2015-2017                                      Post Baccalaureate Study, University of Alaska Anchorage - Anchorage, AK

2009-2014                                           BFA: Ceramics concentration, Pacific Lutheran University - Tacoma, WA

Exhibitions                                       

SOLO:

2017     Abstractions – The Humanities Forum, Anchorage, AK

2016     Reign of Fables – Student Union Gallery, University of Alaska Anchorage, AK

2014     Bestial Mirrors – Fulcrum Gallery, Tacoma, WA

JURIED:

2016     No Big Heads ­– Student Union Gallery, University of Alaska Anchorage, AK

            (Juror: Asia Freeman)                                         

2016     Student Juried Show – Student Union Gallery, University of Alaska Anchorage, AK

2015     No Big Heads – Student Union Gallery, University of Alaska Anchorage, AK

            (Juror: Kiel Johnson)

GROUP:                                     

2017     Ceramics Invitational – Student Union Gallery, University of Alaska Anchorage, AK

2016     Decomposition –International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK 

2016     2D/3D Invitational – Student Union Gallery, University of Alaska Anchorage, AK                               

2016     Ceramics Invitational  - Student Union Gallery, University of Alaska Anchorage, AK               

2015     Tacoma Links Art Show – Tacoma, WA                                                                

2015     Featured Artist at Bloomingheart Festival – Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA

2014     Art is This – Pacific Lutheran University Senior Exhibition, Tacoma, WA                      

                                                 

                                                     Awards

2016     Juror’s Choice: No Big Heads, University of Alaska Anchorage, AK

2016     Juror’s Choice: Student Juried Show, University of Alaska Anchorage, AK                                                      

2015     Best in Show/Solo Show: No Big Heads Juried Exhibition, University of Anchorage Alaska, AK               

2015     Runner up for Best in Show: Tacoma Links Art Show, Tacoma, WA                                               

2015     Member of Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Arts and Communication Alumni Panel

2015     The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation of Art Award Nominee                                               

2014     Second Place: Pacific Lutheran University Senior Exhibition                                                                 

 

Community Service/Professional Experience

2016     Manager of Ceramics Program: Anchorage Community Works, Anchorage, AK

2014     Volunteer Ceramic Studio Technician: Manitou Community Center, Tacoma, WA

2012-14 Ceramics Teachers’ Assistant: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

 

Commissions

2017     Anniversary Shirt, Poster, and Sign Design: Spenard Roadhouse/Snowglobe, Anchorage, AK

2017     Silkscreen Poster and Shirt Design: Trapper Creek Bluegrass Festival, Anchorage, AK

2016     Silkscreen Shirt Design: The Super Saturated Sugar Strings, Anchorage, AK

2016     Silkscreen Shirt Design: The Shoot Dangs, Anchorage, AK

2016     Silkscreen Shirt Design: UAA Claybody Club, Anchorage, AK

2015     Silkscreen Shirt Design: Ex-Gods, Tacoma, WA

2015     Silkscreen Shirt Design: Tsunami Tattoo, Tacoma, WA

2015     Ceramic Sculpture: Lesli Cummings, Tacoma, WA

2015     Book Cover Design: “William and the Under Lords”, Duvall, WA

2015     Cover Design: Saxifrage at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

2015     Ceramic Sculpture: The Valley, Tacoma, WA

2015     Silkscreen Shirt Design: Eleven Eleven, Tacoma, WA

2014     Ceramic Sculpture: David Wach, Tacoma, WA

2014     Ceramic Sculpture: Eleven Eleven, Tacoma, WA

2014     Ceramic Sculpture: Bleu Salon, Yakima, WA

2014     Silkscreen Shirt Design: The Cottonwood Cutups, Tacoma, WA

2014     Silkscreen Design: Golden Tree Hostel, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA

2014     Silkscreen Shirt Design: Sweetheart Guitars, Tacoma, WA

Skills

Ceramics:

Forming: Comprehension and knowledge of advanced building methods, including solid form, coil, slab, and pinch, as well as both additive and subtractive sculpting methods. Experience with the potters’ wheel and thrown forms. Experience with low and high fire clay bodies.

Firing: Experience firing gas, electric, wood, and raku kilns.

Finishing Methods: Underglazes, Mason Stains, Glazes (low, mid, and high fire), Wax Resist, Decals, Luster, China Paint. Experience with multi-media and the ceramic form, including oil, acrylic, and spray paints, resin, epoxy, wood putty, metal, wood, feathers, and rock. Experience with wall pieces, installation, and hanging mechanisms. Experience with sanding, grinders, and Dremel tools.

Wood:

Advanced knowledge of wood types and application. Advanced knowledge of table, jig, and angle saws. Advanced knowledge of varnish, lacquers, stains, and finishes.

Painting/Drawing:

Advanced life drawing skills, composition, and study in charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, pen and ink, acrylic, oil paint, and watercolor.    

Printmaking:

Silkscreen: Comprehension and knowledge of silkscreen printing methods, using both single and multiple screen presses, ink mixing and layering, design, transparency making, printing on various surfaces such as canvas, cloth, wood, ceramics, and glass.

Relief: Advanced knowledge and comprehension of cutting and printing methods in various types of wood on both large and small scales. Advanced knowledge of reduction printing and relief inks. Experience printing with various sized presses and steam roller.

Etching: Basic knowledge of etching chemicals, composites, and mark making.

Lithography: Intermediate knowledge of design, wax mark making, and stone printing. Understanding of process and usage of printing chemicals.

Publications

Ammon Swenson, “Where Fables Reign”, Anchorage Press, Cover Story, 1-7 September 2016, Vol. 24, Ed. 34

 

David R. Davidson, “Kellë McLaughlin Makes Use of Totem Animals as Means of Portraiture”, Tacoma Weekly, Arts & Entertainment, 22 December 2014

 

Rosemary Ponnekanti, “McLaughlin Prints, Sculpts the Fine Line Between Humans and Their Inner Animals”, The News Tribune, Arts and Culture, 10 December 2014

 

Alec Clayton, “Visual Edge: Kellë McLaughlin at Fulcrum Gallery”, The Volcano Weekly, Stage & Visual Reviews, 8 December 2014

 

Kevin Knodell, “Civil vs. Savage Nature”(cover story), The Weekly Volcano, Art Features, 25 November 2014

 

perkinea.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/kelly-mclaughlin/

 

Dave R. Davidson “PLU Seniors Exhibition Highlights Strengths of Ceramics and Printmaking Departments”, Tacoma Weekly, City Life, 30 April 2014

 

Katelynn Padron, The Mooring Mast “From Painting to Pottery: An Art Student’s Journey”, March 21, 2013