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KOONCE, LUCIEN
KOONCE, LUCIEN
MASSACHUSETTS
I approach the composition of my work with spontaneity and immediacy, discovering the form during the process of making it. My alteration and manipulation of solid clay emphasizes the plasticity and gestural qualities of that material while achieving asymmetry. I seek to push the disorganization and the subsequent reorganization of the vessel from being a member of the “pot” realm to becoming an abstract object in the sculptural realm while retaining its function. Beginning with a solid mass of clay, I use either a metal blade or cutting wire, and sometimes both, to shape the exterior surface. While I may have preconceived notions of the form, it is through spontaneous manipulation that the exterior of an object is derived. Once the clay stiffens I hollow out the interior by hand with a carving tool, a process known as 'kurinuki'. This technique, in which a form is dug or carved out of solid clay instead of being shaped on a potter’s wheel or made from coils or slabs, is a process that allows me to intently focus on the inner shape. I strive to keep a balance between the outer and inner movements of an open form.

Wood-firing adds another dimension to the composition, ultimately helping to define ones interpretation of the whole. The inherent nature of continuous flame, intense heat, and ash upon the clay, whether glazed or unglazed, adds color and textural effects that are congruent to each piece. The unpredictability of the firing, juxtaposed to the implementation of as many controlled variables as one can, creates random visual beauty, or landscape, which harmonizes with the physical form. Subsequently, the form, whether functional or non-functional, has become like a diary, recording the thoughts and process of the maker and the kiln’s fire.

BIOGRAPHY
Lucien M. Koonce was born in the North Carolina town of Greenville (Pitt County) and attended undergraduate school at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Studying Ceramics under Art Haney (MFA, Alfred University) and Charles Chamberlain (MFA, Alfred University), he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978.

His graduate Ceramics studies were at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Under the instruction of Chuck Hindes (MFA, Rhode Island School of Design) and Bunny McBride (MFA, Alfred University), he received a Master of Arts degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree. This three year combined degree program was completed in 1981. His MFA thesis was entitled, Technicalities and Aesthetics of Clay Extrusion for the Artist/Potter.

Lucien lived in Robbins, NC (Moore County; located within the Seagrove, NC radius) from 1986 to 2002. This eastern Piedmont region of North Carolina has had a heritage of pottery making since the mid-1800s. It was there that he established Horsepen Kiln Studio. From Robbins, he relocated to Charlotte, NC where he was an adjunct lecturer with UNC-Charlotte, teaching Ceramics Handbuilding and Three-dimensional Design. During this time period he re-established Horsepen Kiln Studio in the Asheville, NC (Buncombe County) area. This region also enjoyed being a major pottery center during the mid-1800s, and continues to be so.

In 2008 Lucien left North Carolina and now resides in the western Massachusetts village of Haydenville, where he maintains Horsepen Kiln Studio. His ceramic work consists of hand built functional and sculptural forms, which are wood fired, and he has exhibited nationally since 1978.

EDUCATION
University of Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa, Master of Fine Arts (Ceramics)
University of Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa, Master of Arts (Ceramics)
East Carolina University; Greenville, N.C., Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics)

SELECT JURIED AND INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
(21st Century)
2014
Small Favors IX; The Clay Center, Philadelphia, PA.
6th Annual Juried Cup Show; LUX Center for the Arts; Lincoln, NE.
20th San Angelo National Ceramics Competition; San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX.
14th
Annual National Juried Cup Show. Kent State University School of Art, Downtown Gallery, 141 East Main Street, Kent, Ohio.
UNF National Juried Ceramics Exhibition; Gallery of Art, Founders Hall, University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL.
DRINK; Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT.
Drink This: The Workhouse International Ceramic Cup Show; Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA.
2013
Images From This World; Weyrich Gallery, Albuqueque, NM.
Cup of Comfort: International Ceramic Exhibition; Halcyon Art Gallery, Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN.
The Cup: An Interpreted Object; Gallery Local, Goshen, IN.
Starbrick Clay National Cup Show; Starbrick Gallery, Nelsonville, OH.
6th
Annual Cup Show: Form and Function; Amelia Center Gallery, Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL.
Artifacts from the Inferno; Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD.
CLAY 2013; Firehouse Art Center, Norman, OK.
Strictly Functional Pottery National; Market House Crafts Center, East Petersburg, PA.
Workhouse Clay National 2013; McGuireWoods Gallery, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA.
Irish Ceramics Awards, Mill Cove Gallery, Castletownbere, County Cork, Ireland
Small Favors VIII, The Clay Center, Philadelphia, PA.
Juried National II, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT.
6th Annual Yunomi Invitational; AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA.
Vase Forms: Sculptural and Functional Ceramics; The Arts Alliance of Georgia, Studio 101 Gallery, Woodstock, GA.
Functional/Dysfunctional National Juried Ceramics Competition; Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL.
Drink This: The Workhouse International Ceramic Cup Show; Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA.
2012
Ceramics Biennial Exhibition; Amherst Street Gallery, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH.
Pour; Terra Incognito Gallery, Oak Park, IL.
Cups of Comfort: Ceramics International Biennial; Halcyon Art Gallery, Swope Museum of Art, Terra Haute, IN.
Shuki: The Intimate Vessels of Sake: Vessels Gallery, Boston, MA.
Containment: Clemson Ceramics National Juried Exhibition, Rudolph E. Lee Gallery, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.
Flashpoint: An International Wood Fire Exhibition; Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO.
The Clay Cup: Icon, Vessel, Canvas; George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missoula, Columbia, MO.
Fifth Annual Lillstreet International Exhibition: The Perfect Plate; Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
Functional Wood Fire International; Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC.
The Contemporary Art of Chawan - An International Invitational; Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY
TEA: Ceramics Exhibition; Arts League Gallery, Alexandria, VA.
Ocean in a Cup: Contemporary Sake Vessels from Japan and America; KOBO Gallery, Seattle, WA.
From the Center to the Edge; TCC Gallery, Tacoma Community College, WA.
100 Wood Fired Cups; POTS Gallery, Seattle, WA.
5th Annual Yunomi Invitational; AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA.
Daily Companions; Main Exhibition Gallery, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD.
International Cup 2012; Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT.
Cups of Fire; Clay Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI.
8 Fluid Ounces 2012; Galssell Gallery, Shaw Center for the Arts, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
2011
The Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts 25th Anniversary Invitational Wood Fire Exhibition; Chris Gustin Gallery, South Dartmouth, MA.
Starbrick Clay National Cup Show; Starbrick Gallery, Nelsonville, OH.
Strictly Functional Pottery National; Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA.
Atmospheric Fired ; Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO.
2011 Yunomi Exhibition; AKAR Gallery; Iowa City, IA.
3rd Annual National Juried Cup Exhibition; LUX Center for the Arts; Lincoln, NE.
2010
2nd Annual Wood Fire Classic; The Meyers Gallery, Santa Ana, CA.
Third Annual Cup Show: Form and Function; Amelia G. Tapper Center for the Arts,
Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, FL.
Second Annual National Cup Show; Barrett Art Center; Poughkeepsie, NY.
DIRECTions; Frankie G. Weems Gallery; Merideth College; Raleigh, NC.
Tea Invitational; Navio Gallery; New Bedford, MA.
Third Lillstreet International Exhibition; Lillstreet Art Center; Chicago, IL.
Invitational Anagama and Wood Fired Show; Weyrich Gallery; Albuquerque, NM.
Kansas City Teabowl National; Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center; Kansas City, MO.
2nd Annual National Juried Cup Exhibition; LUX Center for the Arts; Lincoln, NE.
10th Annual National Juried Cup Show; Downtown Gallery; Kent State University; Kent, OH.
2009
Clay3 National Juried Exhibition; IBEW Gallery; Warrenville, IL.
Watershed Center for Ceramic Art Benefit Wood Fire Exhibition; Gustin Ceramics Gallery; South Dartmouth, MA.
Sixth Biennial 'The State of Clay' Exhibition; Parsons Gallery; Lexington, MA.
2008
NMH Faculty Art Exhibition; Rhodes Art Center Gallery; Northfield Mount Hermon School; Northfield, MA.
Fifth Annual Juried Multimedia Art Exhibition; Park Gables Gallery; Harrisonburg, VA.
2007
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Biennial Faculty Exhibition; Rowe Art Gallery; UNC-C; Charlotte, N.C.
2006
Crafts National 40; Zoller Gallery; Pennsylvania State University; University Park, PA.
2005
Tri-State Sculptors Exhibition; Catherine Smith Gallery, Appalachian State University; Boone, N.C.
Winter Show; Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art; Greensboro, N.C.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Faculty Exhibition; Rowe Art Gallery; UNC-C; Charlotte, N.C.
2004
Embodiment: Myths in Amphibians and Reptilians; Moring Art Center; Asheboro, N.C
Animal Form; PostPicasso; Richmond, VA.
2003
Timeline in Tradition: North Carolina Potters; Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art; Greensboro, N.C.
Thoughtful Diversions; First Union Gallery; Spirit Square; Charlotte, N.C.
2002
University of North Carolina-Charlotte Art Faculty Exhibition; Rowe Art Galley; UNC-C; Charlotte, N.C.
North Carolina Clay: Past and Present; Greenville Art Center; Greenville, N.C.; Wilmington Museum of Art; Wilmington, N.C.; Fayetteville Museum of Art; Fayetteville, NC.
2001
North Carolina Clay: Past and Present; North Carolina Pottery Center; Seagrove, N.C.
Varmints, Critters, and Tales: Leeann Blake, Lucien Koonce, and Senora Lynch; Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art; Greensboro, N.C.
University of North Carolina-Charlotte Art Faculty: Past and Present; Rowe Art Gallery; UNC-C; Charlotte, N.C.
East Carolina University Alumni Ceramics Exhibition; Joie Lassiter Gallery; Charlotte, N.C.
2000
North Carolina Clay Art; Carolina Artists Studio Gallery, Inc.; Morehead City, N.C.
Mixed Media Exhibition; Blue Spiral 1; Asheville, N.C.
Dimensions 2000: Art of the New Millennium; Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts; Winston-Salem, N.C.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
North Carolina Pottery Center; Seagrove, N.C.
Mint Museum of Art; Charlotte, N.C.
University of Iowa; Iowa City, IA.
Sioux City Art Center; Sioux City, IA.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
"Wood-Fired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists", authored by Amedeo Salamoni, with a forward by Jack Troy; published through Schiffer Publishing.
Ceramics Monthly: “Exposure”; American Ceramic Society, November 2013, p. 18.