Patti Warashina was born in 1940 in Spokane, Washington. She earned both her BFA and MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle (1962,1964). After 30 years of teaching art in the Midwest and Seattle, she retired in 1995 as Professor Emerita from the University of Washington, where she taught for 25 years. In 2012 she was honored with a 50-Year Retrospective Exhibition at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), in Pomona, CA. A book, “Patti Warashina: Wit and Wisdom,”was published in conjunction with the 50-Year Retrospective. The following year (2013), the exhibition moved to the Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, which received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to help fund the exhibition.
Her awards include: 2018 United States Artist Fellow; 2014 “Distinguished Educator” Award (James Renwick Alliance/Smithsonian American Art Institution); 2012 University of Washington “Timeless Award”; 2011 Watershed “Legends Award”, ME; 2009 “Regis Masters” Award, MN; 2008 “Voulkos Fellow”, MT; 1994 American Craft “Council of Fellows”; three National Endowment for the Arts Grants (1975, 1986, 2013); Lifetime Achievement Award/Woman of the Year” 2001 (Twinning Humber Award), Artist Trust, Seattle; 2003 “Distinguished Alumnus” Award, University of Washington. Her personal lifetime papers and oral history have been collected by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. She was invited by and given travel grants by the Chinese (2001), Korean (2001), and Japanese (1978) governments, to participate in their cultural exchange programs. She has received commissions from: Seattle Arts Commission (Northwest Special Collections Project, 1984); King County Arts Commission (Honors Program Award, 1992), and Portland, Oregon’s Tri-Met “Public Sculpture Program” (2009). In 1980 she received a “Commendation from the Governor of Washington State”.
Her public collections include works in: The Smithsonian/Renwick Museum, Washington, DC; Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; L.A County Art Museum, CA; American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA; Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ; Racine Art Museum, WI; the Detroit, Seattle, Tacoma and Portland (Oregon) Art Museums; and the University of Washington, as well as the following international museums: National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; Perth Cultural Center, Australia; and Inchon World Ceramic Center, South Korea.