Chris Antemann is an American artist known for her contemporary parodies of 18th Century porcelain figurines. Before starting her collaboration with the MEISSEN Porcelain Manufactory in 2011, she lived and worked in the US in the mountains of Eastern Oregon on the grounds of the LH Project, an international residency program for the ceramic arts founded by her husband, Jacob Hasslacher. In 2010, Oregon-based sculptor Chris Antemann was invited by Dr Kurtzke, MEISSEN's CEO, to participate in the MEISSEN artCAMPUS, Art Studio program, inviting her to collaborate with the Meissen master artisans in Germany to create unique pieces and a series of limited editions of her sculptures resulting in some of her largest and most complex pieces to date. This experience offered her the opportunity to create her largest installation, Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at MEISSEN, which travelled for three years in the US from the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon to the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York and is currently being exhibited in The State Hermitage Museumin St Petersburg, Russia until September 2019. This exhibition pays homage to the delights and delicacies of 18th Century dining culture where the figurine craze began.
Chris Antemann earned her M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Minnesota and her B.F.A. in ceramics & painting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. Her work can be found in many private and public collections, including the Museum of Arts and Design, The 21 C. Hotel Museum, The KAMM Teapot Foundation, The Archie Bray Foundation, and The Crocker Art Museum. Her artist residencies include The Archie Bray Foundation and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, where she was the NEA funded resident. In 2010 she was the First Place Winner of the Virginia A. Groot Grant, a prestigious grant awarded to artists working in 3D to allow them time to further their work. For the past seven years, Chris has been working with MEISSEN; collaborating with Europe’s Oldest Porcelain Manufactory on Unique and Limited Edition Artworks.