Posts Tagged 'anagama'

News from the Studio of Lucien Koonce in Haydenville

2012 has started off being very active for me as far as exhibitions go. 8 Fluid Ounces 2012, a national juried/invitational exhibition of ceramic cups, juried by Kristen Kieffer, was from January 25 – February 25, 2012, hosted by Louisiana State University School of Art.  International Cup 2012, an international ceramic cup competition, juried by Jayson Lawfer and Emily Schroeder, was from February 02 – February 24 at the Clay Studio of Missoula. Cups of Fire, a national ceramic cup competition, juried by Susan Beiner, was on view from March 29 – February 25, 2012 at the Clay Gallery in Ann Arbor, MI. Currently I am exhibiting in Daily Companions, hosted by Baltimore Clayworks (juried by Linda Christianson and John Wilson), from March 3rd- April 14th, 2012.

I have the pleasure to participate in three invitational ceramics exhibitions that are in conjunction with NCECA’s annual conference, being held in the city of Seattle, WA. from March 28 to March 31. This conference (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) is the largest gathering of Ceramics educators, artists, craftspeople, collectors and enthusiasts in the USA, and possibly the world.

KOBO Gallery, in Seattle, is hosting a sake vessel exhibition, curated by John Dix of Japan. Entitled, “Ocean in a Cup: Contemporary Sake Vessels from Japan and America“, it features the works of approximately 10 American and 10 Japanese artists.

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 POTS Gallery, in Seattle, is hosting an exhibition entitled, “100 Wood-Fired Cups“, curated by Chuck Hindes and Peter Olsen. The show opened on March 2nd, and runs through April 6.

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An international exhibition of chawan, entitled “From the Center to the Edge“, showcases the tea bowls of  25 – 30 artists from Japan, Korea, Europe and the USA. Curated by Rob Fornell and Rick Mahaffey, the show will be on view  March 26 – March 30 at TCC Gallery, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA. Afterwards, selected works will travel to New York City and be shown at Calvin-Morris Gallery.  

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News from the Studio of Lucien Koonce in Haydenville

3rd Annual National Juried Cup Exhibition

This sake cup (guinomi) will be exhibited in LUX Center for the Arts’ Third Annual National Juried Cup Exhibition.The show will be held March 4th – April 30th, 2011. LUX Center is located in historic University Place at 2601 N. 48th Street, Lincoln, NE 68504( phone: 402-466-8692). There will be an opening reception on March 4th from 5-8pm. This exhibition was juried by Julia Galloway, and can be viewed online here: LUX CUP SHOW

Wood fired Sake Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2011 Yunomi Invitational

The two pieces below are part of my selection of five yunomi that will be included in this year’s AKAR Gallery 2011 Yunomi Invitational. This is an invitational that features 200 ceramicists, each providing 5 yunomi…and that’s a lot of tea cups! The gallery is located in Iowa City, IA, my old graduate school stomping ground (U of IA). Pieces can be viewed and purchased on-line, and you have to be registered to log in and make purchases. This exhibition runs 3/25/2011 – 4/4/2011. AKAR’s web site is http://www.akardesign.com/

Wood fired Yunomi

 

Wood fired Yunomi

Lucien Koonce: Gustin November 2010 Anagama Firing

The Gustin wood kiln in South Dartmouth, MA was loaded November 6th – 9th, and fired November 10th – 15th.  The chambers were unloaded Saturday, December 4th.

Front stack before the firing

Front stack, unfired.

Yunomi and guinomi after the firing

A yunomi and guinomi, on tripods, after the firing.

During the firing of the anagama chamber, we introduced charcoal into the firebox; this was done at the end.  A total of sixteen bags of natural charcoal were put into the kiln. A video of this can be seen on my blog (link below).
Here are a few of my pieces from this firing. Many more can be seen on my blog page at: http://lmkoonceceramics.blogspot.com
Tea Bowl

Natural ash glaze tea bowl

Sake Flask

Natural ash glaze sake flask

Sake Cup

Natural ash glaze sake cup with oni shino

Natural ash yunomi

Natural ash glaze yunomi

Incense Burner

Natural ash glaze incense burner

News from the Studio of Lucien Koonce in Haydenville

The two pieces below were recently juried into the Second Annual Muddy’s Wood Fire Classic:

Natural Ash Glazed Tokkuri (Sake Bottle)

Oni Shino Chawan (Tea Bowl)

This exhibition, showcasing wood fired ceramics, will be shown at The Meyers Gallery, 2610 S. Halladay Street, Santa Ana, CA. The show dates are November 13 – December 21, 2010. There will be an artists’ reception on December 4th. The show can be viewed online at: http://picasaweb.google.com/ginamyers23/2ndAnnualMuddySWoodFIreClassic?feat=directlink

This piece was juried into the Third Annual Cup Show: Form and Fuction:

Wood Fired Tea Cup

The show will be exhibited in the Amelia G. Tapper Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Gulf Coast Community College, 5230 West Highway 98, Panama City, FL, from November 12 – December 3, 2010. An opening reception will be held Friday, November 12, 2010 from 5-7 pm.

Lucien Koonce: Wood Firing with Jeff Shapiro

I recently had the special opportunity to help Jeff Shapiro load and fire his anagama kiln. Jeff is a true master at his art and my time spent there was like a one-on-one workshop, an unparalleled experience. I came away with a more grand awareness of firing with intent. Jeff’s aesthetical approach to his work, both in the forming process, as well as towards firing, provided me with a deeper insight into the direction for my own work. 

Jeff Shapiro stoking

Jeff stoking the anagama kiln

The results were quite spectacular, atleast from my aesthetical standpoint, and demonstrated what can be achieved from firing with wood. Prolonged heat and flame, ash, and coals can have an astounding effect on raw clay. Here are a few select pieces of mine that came out of this firing:

Guinomi

Sake cup with natural ash glaze

Sake Cup

Sake cup

Small plate

Small Plate

Tea Bowl

Tea bowl with natural ash glaze

Summer Tea Bowl

Summer tea bowl with natural ash glaze

More of my pieces from this firng can be viewed on my studio blog at: http://lmkoonceceramics.blogspot.com

Lucien Koonce: May 2010 woodfiring with Chris Gustin and Jeff Shapiro

We loaded the anagama kiln at Chris Gustin’s studio in South Dartmouth, MA last month (May) for three days, then fired for six days. Jeff Shapiro drove down from his studio in Accord, NY to load and fire with us.

Chris Gustin and Jeff Shapiro inside anagama kiln

We unloaded this past Saturday (June 12th); there were spectacular firing results. Here are a few of my pieces from this kiln load:

Chawan

Sake Bottle

Sake Cup

Yunomi

There is an exhibition, entitled Friends of Fire, of select works from this anagama wood firing. It will be shown at Gustin Gallery from June 19th – July 18th. The opening reception is 5 – 8pm, Saturday, June 19th. Gallery location is 231 Horseneck Rd., South Dartmouth, MA; phone number is 508-636-6213. Hours are M – F, 11am – 5pm; weekends are by chance or appointment.