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Lana Wilson

Lana Wilson

Lana Wilson handbuilds with pieces of clay, arranging them in layers and then making more parts and arranging them yet again. Her work is known for complicated textures, movable doors and drawers, multiple stamped images and unusual glazes developed through obsessive testing, changing and retesting. Lana’s work is informed by ethnic ritual objects and includes altars, teapots, tableware, multi-layered mosaics and tiles.

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Lana Wilson Porcelain Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Lana Wilson Porcelain Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Lana Wilson Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Lana Wilson Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Lana Wilson at MudFire

Gallery group show Constructed, April 2010
Gallery group show American Masters, May 2008
Gallery group show Teapots-A-Go-Go 2006 , April 2006
Gallery group show Teapots-A-Go-Go 2, April 2004

 

Lana Wilson Artist Bio

Lana Wilson has given 85 workshops on handbuilding and has taught in Canada, Israel, New Zealand and South Africa. She has written a column for Clay Times magazine since 1996. Her work has been in over 185 shows and appears in fourteen books including both volumes of The Best of Pottery and Kathy Triplett's Handbuilt Ceramics and several of Robin Hopper's books. She is the author of Ceramics: Shape and Surface, which includes extensive cone 6 and cone 04 electric glazes she has developed. A video "Soft Slab Techniques with Lana Wilson" has been produced on her working techniques and she was a featured demonstrator at 2003 NCECA where a DVD was also produced on her working process. After serving on the board of Craft Emergency Relief Fund for four terms, she is now on the board of Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. She has appeared twice on Discovery Channel to extol the delights of working in clay while making a teapot.

 

Lana Wilson Artist Statement

I definitely love to make stuff. For two decades I have handbuilt with pieces of clay, arranging them in layers and making more parts and arranging them yet again. I work until I think I like it and then I might stop. I am greedy for complicated textures, movable doors and drawers, multiple stamped images and unusual glazes that I develop through obsessive testing. For years ethnic ritual objects have influenced me. With my abiding interests in unusual surfaces and ritual presence, I have made altars, teapots, tableware, multi-layered mosaics and tiles. .

Currently I am interested in functional ware. I paint three layers of colored slip on soft slabs. Sometimes I use newspaper to resist the colors, other times I spatter colors as a final step. I carve out bits, turn them upside-down and inlay them like fossils. The rich mix of colors, inlaying carved out colored pieces in new places give me painterly slabs of color to make into plates, bowls, cups, vases and teapots.

Previous phases in my work have included gas firing for thrown functional stoneware, metallic salts on porcelain, saggar firing with eggshells and kelp, electric fired lichen like surfaces, and glaze testing that produced unusual ceramic colors that were toxic, non-functional and undependable but very interesting. This present period is a change; the new functional work is microwave and dishwasher safe. Is this what happens when you become a grandmother?



Lana Wilson Artist Resume

Select Recent Exhibitions:
"Teapots, Object to Subject, "Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA, 2009
"Ahead of the Need," an exhibition to benefit CERF, Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Schaller Gallery, Red Lodge, Montana, 2009
"Attention to Detail," Two person show with Lorna Meaden, Ohr O'Keefe Museum, Biloxi, MI 2009
"Handbuilt National," Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania, 2009
"Art of the Pot," Austin, Texas, 2009
'Under Cover," Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York, 2009
"Box," Red Lodge Clay Art Center, Red Lodge, Montana, 2009
"Our Cups Runneth Over," The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA, 2009
"From Tradition to Innovation: Enriching Lives Through Art, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, GA, 2009
"PotPOURi: Pots that Pour," Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York, 2008
All Fired Up - A Celebration of Clay in Westchester New York," Julia Galloway, curator Lyndhurst National Trust, Tarrytown, New York 2008
"All Fired Up," Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York, 2008
"Ceramix Pittsburgh, NCECA, Pittsburgh, 2008
"Muchachos," NCECA, Pittsburgh, 2008
"Surface, Form and Substance," Potters Council Exhibit and Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 2008
"Inviting the Stars: An Exhibition of Local and National Ceramic Art,"Augusta State University, 2008
"La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008
"Table of Elements," NCECA, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008
"Muchachos." NCECA Carnegie, PA, 2008
"Nola Fired Up! Invitational, New Orleans, MI, 2008
"American Masters 2008," MudFire Gallery, Decatur, GA, 2008
"PotPOURri: pots that POUR" Clay Art Center, invitational, Port Chester, NY, 2008
"Another Cup?" Baltimore Clayworks, invitational, Baltimore, Maryland, 2008
"Red," Santa Fe Clay, invitational, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2008
"La Mesa," Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Louisville, Kentucky, 2007
"In My Own Words," Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2007
"Cups Coming Together," Clay Art Center, national invitational, Port Chester, NY, 2007
"San Diego Design: New Work from Allied Craftsmen," Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA, 2006"
"Tea Time: The Art of the Teapot," Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2006
"Sculpture Invitational," Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana, 2006
"21st Penland Auction," Penland, North Carolina, 2006
"Teapots-A-Go-Go," Mudfire Clayworks and Gallery, Decatur, GA, 2006
"Particles and Passion: The Art of Clay," Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland, 2005
"Interpreting the Chanukah Menorah," invitational show, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, La Jolla, CA, 2005
"The Inside Story," two person show with Carole Austin, Trios Gallery, Solana Beach, CA. 2005
"Day of the Dead," Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2005
"International Exhibition from National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts," Taipei Yingge Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, 2005
"Tea for Two!," Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design, Louisville, Kentucky 2004
"National Teapot Exhibition and National Ceramic Exhibition," Cerlan Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky,2004
"Art Auction," Oceanside Museum, Oceanside, California, exhibition and auction, 2004
"Tea," Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2004
The Big Show," NCECA show, 4 Star Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2004
"Amaco Show," NCECA show, Amaco, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2004
The Loving Cup," Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland, 2004
Hundreds of Cups," Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2003
"Generations: Impending Lineage," Art and Industry Gallery, San Diego, CA, 2003
"California Clay and Glass Association," Alexander Gallery, La Jolla, CA, 2003
"Breaking Boundaries," ACI Gallery, San Diego, CA, 2003
"Ceramics in its own (W)rite - The Word Made Clay," Invited artist for show juried by Richard Shaw, Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, La Jolla, CA, 2003
"Allied Craftsmen 2003," The Next Door Gallery, San Diego, CA, 2003
"San Diego Potters and Their Mentors," chosen as a mentor, San Diego, CA, 2003
"Blue," Mesa College, San Diego, CA, 2003