After receiving a BA from Fort Lewis College in 1994, and an MFA in ceramics from Ohio University in 2005, Lorna completed artist residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She has been visiting faculty at San Juan College in Farmington, NM, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and Fort Lewis College in Durango. Some of what she considers her most fulfilling work has been teaching and learning abroad including time spent in Jamaica, Nicaragua, Nepal, Italy, and most recently, Bali, Indonesia. Lorna is currently a full-time studio potter, teaching and showing her work extensively.
Everything I make is meant to be used. My work is soda-fired porcelain with repetitive patterns drawn on the surface. It begins with the consideration of function, and the goal is for the form and surface of the pots to be integrated. Making the work starts with a three-dimensional division of space, continues with drawing on the surface, and is finished with the addition of color. Source information for my pots can be motivated by something as simple as looking at the pattern of stacked brick in my kiln, to complex forms from 18th century European manufactured silver. I am drawn to work that is rich in ornamentation, with lavish use of materials- both scarce in a culture of mass production. My work displays both practical and extravagant attributes. – Lorna
More information about Lorna can be found at: lornameadenpottery.com