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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.


 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.


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.  



News from the Studio of Lucien Koonce in Haydenville

Two juried shows to mention…currently I am in Atmospheric Fired out in Carbondale, CO at the Carbondale Clay Center. These two  pieces were selected for exhibition…

Hand carved and hollowed wood fired sake flask

Tokkuri (Sake Flask)

Hand carved and hollowed wood fired tea bowl


Going to Strictly Functional Pottery National, to be held Sept. 24 – November 06, 2011 in Lancaster, PA is this guinomi (sake cup):


 The June wood firing of the anagama at Chris Gustin’s studio in South Dartmouth, MA was a great success. Here are a few images of pieces from the kiln:

Tea Caddy


Black Seto Guinomi




Additional images of pieces from this firing can be seen on my blog at , as well as a short video clip showing the process of pulling the black seto guinomi (above) out of the kiln at 2300 degrees F and immersing it into water…hikidashi .

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:


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: