Fall Into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Lana Heckendorn

After earning a degree in printmaking, Lana Heckendorn set out to do sculptural work in clay at a community art center Lana tells us she learned wheel-throwing as a means to further her sculpture, but “loved making pots, and the opportunity those pots offered for embellishment.” After exploring wood, gas, and electric kiln firing, Lana developed a line of functional work at the Clay Studio and created a home studio. “Now I’m in transition, having moved back to Central PA to be closer to family. Planning the new studio here is tremendously exciting.”

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Lana’s creative process is rigorous. “Every piece starts as a drawing, and some are fleshed out as paper or cardboard models before I make the first draft in clay. My process is really systematic and I do some precise weighing of the clay to maintain consistency. I use a subtractive process to decorate the pots, where I draw wax patterns directly on the pot. The decoration itself is often based on a mathematical or formal division of the pot into panels or zones, and my goal is for the pattern to become one with the surface. I am inspired by both the forms and decoration of antiquities and Asian and Middle-Eastern architecture and pottery. For example, the patterns on the Persian bowl series are inspired by the ceiling tiles of a mosque.”

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Lana’s work combines functional and comfortable-to-use forms with luxuriously hand-drawn surfaces. She tells us, “The relationship of form and surface in my work embodies my resolution that functional objects should be enduring, not only in their craft, but in their beauty as well.” We couldn’t agree more.

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Lana will be here, with over fifty other fine artisans, so mark your calendar, today! In the meantime, you can see more of her work on her website http://www.lanaheckendorn.com.

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