Karen McGady - Ceramicist, Sculptor, Fine Artist

Artist Bio


I currently live near Washington, DC. but Washington D.C. has not been my only home. My father, a career US Air Force officer, took our family to Europe twice during the first parts of my childhood, and those experiences have informed the way I look at the world, and at art. Exposure to many different ways of thinking about the world around us, as well as a rich and varied exposure to European art and architecture has contributed to my thinking, and my underlying philosophies about life, the universe and everything...and, yes, the answer is "42"...thank you Douglas Adams.
 I currently work mostly with ceramic materials. I have a kiln, facilitating my ability to create all kinds of unique work: sculptures, functional pottery, and decorative ceramics. I will be able to work on commissioned pieces, too, so stay tuned to find out what is new at Chimera Ceramics! The best way to get in touch with me is with email, so click here and I will definitely send you a reply.




BS Electrical Engineering, Drexel University
AAS Architecture, Anne Arundel Community College



Cum Laude, Dean's List, Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, Anne Arundel Community College



Certificate, Architectural Illustration, Anne Arundel Community College

Certificate, Digital Design, Anne Arundel Community College


Power of 3 -Pascal Gallery, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Student Show, Anne Arundel Community College Student Show, CADE Gallery, “My Little Pretty”, Paper, 2008

Student Show, Anne Arundel Community College “Power of Three”, Pascal Gallery, “Fire and Rain”, mild steel, 2012

Student Show, Anne Arundel Community College 2014, “Conversations”

Women in the Arts Invitational - AACC, “Big Fish”, Mixed media, found objects, mild steel, 2015

Anne Arundel Community College Sculpture Show, Pascal Gallery, “La Llorona”, mixed media: terra cotta, fabric

“World View”, Gallery 333, Unitarian Church of Annapolis, 2017, “Walls ALWAYS have holes”, non-representational abstract painting, acrylic on canvas, “Colonies”, Ceramic wall sculpture, white stoneware on carved and scorched plywood


Women in the Arts Invitational show, Mixed media sculpture “Big FIsh”, Spring 2015
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center - Donation, Mixed media sculpture, "Big Fish”, Spring 2015


District Clay, Glaze Team, 2017

Volunteer Work

Editor, Annapolis Watercolor Club, 2006-2012


ClayAndChimeras, Ceramics, Sculptures, Fine Art

Policy for commissioned work: A 50% deposit is required at the beginning of the agreement, so I can purchase materials and supplies. email me by clicking here


If you want a piece commissioned in clay, please be aware that sometimes clay does horrible, unpredictable things in the kiln, resulting in cracks, or weird bubbles (sometimes called "bloat"). Again, this is rare, but something you should be aware of, should you commission a ceramic piece.


Glazed ware is dishwasher safe, food safe (unless otherwise noted) and oven safe, if put into an initially cold oven.

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