Sunday, March 22, 2015

New Look for Website

I have re-designed my website to make it look, imo, cleaner and leaner. Please take a look: www.lucienkoonce.com

Friday, March 20, 2015

Purposeful Pottery

The following two wood fired pieces have been selected for exhibition in "Purposeful Pottery", being held at Blue Line Arts, 405 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA. The dates for this show are Friday, April 17th - Saturday, May 30th, 2015. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 18th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Guinomi w/ Biidoro

Katakuchi (Cold Sake Pourer)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

7th Annual National Juried Cup Exhibition

These two wood fired sake cups have been selected for exhibition in the 7th Annual National Juried Cup Exhibition, being held at LUX Center for the Arts; Lincoln, NE. Exhibition dates are April 3rd through May 30th in Folsom Gallery. An opening reception is slated for the evening of April 3rd from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Brian Harper was the juror.

Guinomi with Biidoro

Oni Shino Guinomi

Monday, March 2, 2015

Friends of Fire

In conjunction with the 2015 NCECA conference in Providence, Rhode Island (March 25th-28th), Gustin Ceramics Gallery is presenting an invitational exhibition of wood fired ceramics: "Friends of Fire".  Included artists are guests from across the USA, as well as those who are crew members  of the wood firings at Gustin's. For additional information regarding the kiln opening and exhibition opening, see the gallery card below. These are a few of the pieces I will include in this exhibition, which runs March 24th - April 27th...

Tea Bowl


Sake Cup


Sake Flask


Sushi Tray


Bud Vase


Friends of Fire

Monday, February 2, 2015

Kurinuki


Potter friends from Seagrove, NC...Bruce Gholdson and Samantha Henneke of Bulldog Pottery...recently asked me to send images of my making process, which is "kurinuki", or the "hollowing out" of the form, for a write-up on their blog. Here is a link to that post: Bulldog Pottery Blog

Monday, January 12, 2015

1st Place Award

It was an honor to have two of my sake cups given awards in "Drink This! Workhouse International Ceramic Cup Show", which opened this past Wednesday, January 8th. One award was for first place, and the other was for honorable mention. More special, however,  is that these placements were awarded by the juror, Phil Rogers (UK). I have admired Phil's work for many years, first learning of him through his book on ash glazes when I was in undergraduate school at ECU studying ceramics. For me, he epitomizes the very best of functional studio ceramics. The following is what he wrote, as part of his juror's statement, about Guinomi with Champy Black:

 "The bowl that has attracted first prize is one that I was immediately drawn to. The subtle and gradual changes of colour as one's eyes move across the wood fired surface of the piece, together with the almost tangible softness of the glaze, makes it almost edible. The form is as perfectly orchestrated as it can be, and the shell imprint just adds another dimension. It is, for me at least, the stand-out entry, and, as a wood firer myself, a bowl that I covet unashamedly."  -Phil Rogers

Guinomi with Campy Black   



Thursday, January 1, 2015

All Things Tea

The following two wood fired pieces were recently juried into All Things Tea, an exhibition representing  functional and sculptural items that are made to complement the enjoyment of tea. Studio 550 Gallery, 550 Elm Street, Manchester, NH will be hosting this exhibition, which was juried by Monica Leap.
This show runs January 22nd through March 06th, 2015, with an opening reception being held on Saturday, January 31st, from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.

Chaire (Tea Caddy)

Yunomi (Green Tea Cup)