Lucy Clark is a "Hand Build" Potter.
Each pot is built in the coil method, one layer at a time. It is then embellished or carved and set to dry for a month before it is fired.
The firing process involves bringing the kiln up very slowly to a temperature of around 1300 degrees and then it is turned off and watched until it hits 990 degrees. At that crucial point, the piece is lifted out with Kevlar gloves and placed in sawdust to “smoke” the pot in the old Pueblo style tradition. Lucy uses no glazes in her process. The sheen from some of her pots comes from burnishing (polishing) the piece with a small quartz stone until it is smooth and silky to the touch. This has to be done within a small window of time – if the clay is too wet it will leave grooves, if it is too dry it will scratch the surface.
Each piece is different in its aesthetic. Lucy pulls from her many years as a massage therapist and touching people to listen to what the clay wants to be and how it wishes to be transformed into shape in the physical universe.
Awards & Honors
Grant Recipient of RAPG for 2016-2017, funded by the Arts Council of Henderson County, Transylvania Community Arts Council, the Tryon Fine Arts Center and is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.
Inaugural recipient of the Betty Taylor Award for Emerging Artists in Visual Arts & Crafts, 2016
recently awarded ~ Member of The Piedmont Craftsmen Guild in Winston Salem, nc
Honorable Mention ~ Piccolo Spoleto Crafts, 6/16
Third Place ~ Piccolo Spoleto Crafts, 6/16
Award of Merit ~ The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn, 5/16
Exhibitors Choice Award ~ Spoleto Piccolo Arts Festival, 5/16
BEST OF SHOW - Clay Lazy Daze Festival, Cary, NC 8/15
TOP 10 EMERGING ARTISTS FOR THE SOUTHEAST ART GALLERIES & ARTISTS OF THE SOUTH ~ Volume 10, Issue 1, 5/13
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE ~ Mt. Dora Arts Festival, Mt. Dora, FL., 2/13
BEST IN SHOW, EMERGING ARTIST ~ The Festival Of The Masters, Walt Disney World, Lake Beuna Vista, FL., 11/12
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE ~ Art In The Park, Atlantic Beach, FL., 4/11
THIRD PLACE ~ Art In The Park, Atlantic Beach, FL 4/12
HONORABLE MENTION ~ Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park, FL., 10/11
AWARD OF MERIT ~ Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park, FL., 10/11
THROUGH THE FIRE EXHIBIT HONORABLE MENTION ~ CORK Art District, 9/13
AMERICAN CRAFT AWARD ~ Art on Main, Hendersonville, NC, 10/13
One Coil At A Time…
Shape & Smooth...
Into The Fire…
Shake & Bake…
Burnish, Polish & PRESTO!:)
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