Attention to Detail: Lorna Meaden and Lana Wilson
Exhibition Dates: May 22 – August 21, 2009
Attention to Detail highlighted the work of contemporary clay artists Lorna Meaden and Lana Wilson. Both artists take a meticulous approach to the surface decoration of their clay vessels.
Lorna Meaden is a clay artist working in Durango, CO. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and workshops around the United States. Her work is in the collections of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art among others. Meaden focuses on wheel thrown utilitarian objects with rich ornamentation and patterning. Her work takes inspiration from 18th century manufactured porcelain and silver that was commonly found in middle class English homes. Meaden transforms these traditional forms with lush pattern and exaggerated details.
Lana Wilson of Del Mar, CA is a ceramic artist, educator and writer. She is currently a contributor to Clay Times Magazine. Wilson’s work is regularly featured in national exhibition and she is well known for her workshops at ceramic centers and museums. Wilson has a similar interest in creating complicated and unusual surfaces on her utilitarian hand-built ceramics. She creates a variety of detailed patterns and textures through the use of stamps and tools. These details are then highlighted through a complicated glazing application. Many of her patterns are based on symbolic forms imbibing the everyday objects with ritualistic meaning.
This exhibition was curated by visiting curator, Brian Nettles. Nettles is a clay artist, educator and curator from Pass Christian, MS.