This exhibition round includes works by Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks which will be on view in the First Floor Main Gallery from August 7 – September 21 2019. Lowe Mill A&E invites patrons and art lovers to join us for Art After Hours, an opening reception night for all six of our gallery spaces. This series gives the public a chance to meet and interact with visiting artists and discuss their work with them as it is on display and available for purchase. Come out, enjoy a pleasant evening and maybe you’ll find that special piece of art that speaks to you!
From Lynnette Hesser:
“As a ceramic artist, my work celebrates pattern or natural forms as I relate geometric pattern or type of floral design onto the decoration of my pottery or sculptural work. On my wheel-thrown forms, I design and then draw onto the surface to create a realistic, three-dimensional quality. I create intricacy and subtle simplicity in my delicate designs, flowers or floral scenes by deeply carving into the surface of the piece or with three-dimensional embellishments. The essence of flowers is captured rather than recreated. The position and the type of flowers chosen relate to the shape of each individual and unique piece. My sculptural work related to natural and creative forms that I design to represent coral or mushroom clusters. I seek to involve the viewer in the wonder of the delicate qualities of nature and pattern. Attention to detail is paramount in my work. The pieces are made by throwing white stoneware or porcelain on the potter’s wheel, then using the techniques of altering, embellishing, carving, reticulation (cutting entirely through the clay wall) and/or assembling. I may use sprigs made from my carved flowers to accent a piece and add embellishments to create deeper depth for the illusion of realism. I strive to create this illusion by overlapping of the edged of the petals, leaves, stems, animal forms, and geometric designs to give a deep, three-dimensional look on the surface of the piece. My sculptural forms are made from very thin slabs of clay that I puff air into to create undulating volume. Each or my pieces are unique and require a tremendous amount of time with steady hands to carve the details of the imagery or pattern or form the shape. My functional pieces are smooth to the touch and meant to be used and enjoyed.”
About Lynnette Hesser:
Lynnette Hesser is a full-time artist working in the studio she shares with her husband and ceramic artist, Steve Loucks, in Wellington, Alabama. This year, she was published as the Contributing Editor with selected images throughout the book, Glazes from a Potter’s Perspective:
A Simple, Kitchen-Method Approach to Understanding Glaze Development which was written by Steve. She was awarded the Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Crafts grant for 2011 and is published in The Complete Guide to Mid-Fire Glazes, Glazing and Firing by John Britt, 500 Raku, The Ceramic Glaze Handbook by Mark Burleson, and the 1997 Studio Potter Magazine featuring Alabama ceramic artists. She conducts workshops and exhibits her work nationwide. Lynnette was an Adjunct Instructor of Art for Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama for 16 years and at Gadsden State Community College for four. She was the Manager of the Ceramics Studio at the University of Florida and has also taught both full-time and part-time art classes for pre-K through high school age students. While raising their two children, Lynnette continued to show new ceramic work in art exhibitions. She holds a BA from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, a BFA and MFA from the University of Florida (all three with ceramics concentrations) and an MSEd from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama. In 2016, she co-hosted the Alabama Clay Conference with Steve. Lynnette’s most recent ceramic workshops were held at the Arrowmont School of Crafts, The John C. Campbell Folk School, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, Mississippi University for Women, Wesleyan Potters in Connecticut and as a visiting demonstrator for during Steve’s 7th session at The Penland School of Crafts. She often team teaches with Steve Loucks where they demonstrate simultaneously offering the attendees a wide range of ceramic techniques and philosophies during the workshop and image presentation.
From Steve Loucks:
“I am a potter/vessel maker with a passion for creating stacked forms that are glazed with a wide variety of glazes and fired in different kilns for various effects. I enjoy making pieces in sections that are altered and embellished before assembling them. Many are trophy-like, while others are somewhat figurative. They are glazed with many glazes to accentuate the forms or to invoke particular personalities or characteristics. I thoroughly enjoy all the processes involved in making my work, especially glazing. Often, as I create the pieces, I already have in mind what glaze or glazes I will apply on each. I am also constantly testing and experimenting with glazes in search for new and different colors, surface textures, special effects, or qualities. For example, the web-like flow of an ash glaze, the Titanium Dioxide microcrystals in a glossy glaze matrix, or a lustrous mirror black. From all my testing, a few buckets of glaze waste materials, called slop glaze, have been accumulated. I also apply many glazes by spraying them onto my pieces. I designed and built a spray booth that collects the overspray which is added to my buckets of slop glaze. Instead of disposing of these glaze waste materials into the environment in a landfill, I test them in a kiln. Then, I assess each one to determine which glaze ingredient should be added into the slop glaze to adjust it into a desirable working glaze that I will actually use. I retest until desirable results are achieved. I choose to be environmentally responsible and reuse glaze waste materials. Each piece in this exhibition uses one or more of these adjusted slop glazes. Some are completely glazed using several adjusted glazes, while others use one or more as accent glazes along with my known formulated glazes. In the end, while being very resourceful with the glaze waste materials and environmentally responsible, I am pleased with my results.”
About Steve Loucks:
Steve received his MFA in 1985 from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY and his BFA in 1983 from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. He is a full-time studio potter, working in the studio he shares with his wife, Lynnette Hesser. Steve taught ceramics for over 26 years at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama. He retired in 2013 and is now a Professor Emeritus. Steve has just written and published the book, Glazes from a Potter’s Perspective: A Simple, Kitchen-Method Approach to Understanding Glaze Development which features his glaze testing method, test tile preparation, a visual dictionary of glaze effects, his firing processes, and much more. His work is included in several public and private collections including the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in Texas, University of Florida, Tennessee State University, and Greenwich House Pottery among others. Steve was awarded the Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Crafts twice and the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts, as well as, many awards in national juried competitions. At the National Council on the Education of the Ceramics Arts (NCECA) 2017 in Portland, Oregon, Steve presented “An Easy Way to Adjust Glazes” as a featured presenter. He was previously a lead panelist on “Cone 6 Without Compromise”, Glaze Doctor, and Topical Group Discussion Leader numerous times. Steve has hosted the Alabama Clay Conference four times, twice at JSU, along with Lynnette Hesser. He has conducted numerous hands-on workshops which include Penland, Arrowmont, John C. Campbell Folk School, and many others on making functional pottery and developing glazes, as well as, demonstration workshops making his artwork. His artwork has been published in several books including; The Complete Guide to Mid-Fire Glazes, Glazing and Firing by John Britt, 500 Raku, The Ceramic Glaze Handbook by Mark Burleson. His article “L-shaped Test Tile” was published in the October 2018 issue in Ceramics Monthly. Recently, he was featured with Lynnette in an interview on thepotterscast.com/460