CREATIVE SPIRIT FINDS IT'S FORM IN THE CERAMIC ART OF LYNETTE HESSER AND STEVE LO
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Ceramic artists Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks are bringing a dynamic selection of both their sculptural and functional ceramic pieces and wood sculptures to exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts January 15th through February 21st. They will give a presentation and discuss their approach to the creative process in a gallery talk on Friday, January 17th at 6 pm.
The wife and husband team share their studio in Wellington, Alabama. Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks, former Adjunct Instructor and Professor Emeritus at Jacksonville State University, are full-time ceramic artists. Each was awarded the Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Crafts grant twice, wrote and edited, “Glazes From a Potter’s Perspective”, conduct workshops, and exhibit their work nationwide. Steve also lectures at NCECA. Both received their MFAs in Ceramics Steve from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and Lynnette from UF. You can learn more about the artists on their websites: lynnettehesserceramics.com and stevelouckspottery.com
“As a ceramic artist, my work celebrates decorative pattern or natural designs. Attention to detail is paramount. The functional pieces are made by throwing white stoneware or porcelain on the potter’s wheel. Then I use the techniques of altering, embellishing, carving, reticulation (cutting entirely through the clay wall), and/or assembling…. The essence of natural form is captured rather than recreated.
My sculptural work relates to natural and creative forms that I design to represent flowers and leaves or coral, fungi, and mushroom clusters…. Because I am concerned with the disruption of natural cycles and symbiotic relationships in the ocean through pollution and global warming, I would like to bring attention to the beauty of coral by creating my versions from clay.” Artist Lynette Hesser
Entrance to the exhibit and gallery talk is free.
The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is free and open to the public Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Art Center is located at 217 E. Tuscaloosa St. Florence, AL and can be reached at 256-760-6379 for more information.