Trackside Studio is honored to feature the ceramic works of Loren Lukens for the month of September. His exhibit opens Friday, August 25th from 5 - 8 pm, also, First Friday of September, the 1st from 5 - 8 pm, continuing through this workshop, September 23rd. Loren has been a life long resident of Seattle, Washington, maintaining a full time studio and gallery for over 40 years. He built a professional career with his pottery that was represented across the United States through wholesale and retail festivals and fine gallery representation.
I discovered clay and pottery making as an art student in the 1970’s and it was love at first sight. It has been my passion and livelihood for more than 40 years. Brace Point Pottery is the studio/gallery and home in beautiful downtown Arbor Heights, West Seattle, that I have shared with my wife, Beth Kirchhoff (pianist, opera coach and conductor), since 1998.
The beginnings of humankind go hand in hand with the beginnings of pottery. Of contemporary craft media, only basket making is as fundamental. The shapes of pottery are the shapes of the human body, and are named such: lip, foot, shoulder. They are shapes we know very well on a level beneath our consciousness. My intent is to apply contemporary interpretation to traditional form and purpose by creating objects for people to use and enjoy.
As an art student, Form and Function drew me to pottery, but painting has been an increasingly important aspect to my work. My best pots resolve the difficulty of painting in three dimensions, while maintaining the integrity of the form.
My glazing technique is squirt bottle “Art Marks” under a casually sprayed landscape of glazes. High temperature reduction firing allows a saturation of color and glaze/clay interaction especially with iron and titanium bearing glazes and the possibility of unpredictable aventurine crystal formation as well as the dramatic and somewhat elusive copper red. Porcelain clay provides a bright, white backdrop to enhance color response and increase durability
Contact: email@example.com or phone: 509-863-9904
Limited Seating, $20 to register. REGISTER ONLINE: http://mkt.com/trackside-studio/reid-ozaki-workshop
This is a quote from a recent workshop Reid gave in Honolulu, Hawaii.
"Often, as potters, we become so enamored with the wheel and focused on its competent use, that we can lose sight of the possibilities. Conventional thinking about the potter’s wheel can be very limiting. Reid will present the concept of the wheel as a tool and not an end in itself. Once you see beyond the simple profile and height of the traditional use of the wheel, the potential for creating unique forms becomes apparent."
Techniques will be presented giving participants a novel way to think about the wheel. Reid will discuss the parameters that need to be addressed in the throwing process when making forms for altering and the development and creation of the tools he uses to alter his work.