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ARTIST STATEMENT

My goal as a ceramic artist is to bring a touch of artistry and elegance to the dinner table, vanity or anywhere in the home. Why shouldn’t  the things that you touch and use everyday bring you joy? My hope is that when you are looking at, drinking from or holding one of my pieces, the textures will bring a bit of happiness to something that might otherwise be mundane. Each piece is unique, hand-crafted and heirloom quality.

I make my work at my studio and gallery in Atlanta,GA, and I participate in local and regional art sales and gallery exhibits. Sharing my love of clay, I am a pottery instructor at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and also teach hands on and demonstration workshops locally and regionally. Click here for workshop and class descriptions.

THE PROCESS

My work is primarily functional porcelain tableware and serveware that is thrown on the wheel. I then texture and alter the pieces with lush patterns and designs using my unique decorating technique. The surface of the pieces is enhanced with a process of striking and moving the soft leather hard clay with handmade wooden tools. No clay is added, removed or carved away. The designs and patterns found in Gothic Architecture mixed with the fluidity of the Art Nouveau period are strong influences for my work. Inspiration from fashion design helps capture a certain movement of the texture on the form.

I currently fire to cone 6 oxidation as well as salt and soda fire when available. I use a cone 6 porcelain clay body made by Laguna Clay. All pieces are microwaveable and dishwasher-safe.

Curriculum Vitae

Education
1983 BA, French, Newcomb College of Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
2015 8-week Spring Concentration with Cynthia Bringle, Penland School of Crafts

Assistantships
2006 – 2008 Studio Assistant, 2 Year Assistantship Program, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

Experience
2009 – Present Ceramic Artist, Atlanta, GA – Owner, Lora Rust Ceramic Designs
2008 – Present Instructor, All-Level Wheel Course, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
2007 – 2012 Instructor, All-Level Wheel Course, Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, GA
2006 – 2008 Studio Assistant and Substitute Instructor, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
2005 – 2006 Studio Monitor, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

Selected Exhibitions & Workshops
2015
The 1st Juried & Invitational Cup Show, The Hudgens Center, Duluth, GA
Medalta International Tool Show, Medalta Yuill Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada
2014
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA
Alabama & Neighbors Juried Ceramics Exhibit – Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, Auburn, Al
American Craft Council Show, Atlanta, GA
Macon Arts, Fired Works – Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale, Macon, GA
Perspectives GA Pottery Invitational–Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation,Watkinsville, GA
2013
Perspectives GA Pottery Invitational–Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation,Watkinsville, GA
Macon Arts, Fired Works – Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale, Macon, GA
Workshop – Pushing the Surface of the Clay  – The Art Place, Marietta, GA; Chastain Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; Zen & Now Studios, Tucker, GA
2012
Perspectives GA Pottery Invitational–Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation,Watkinsville, GA
Macon Arts, Fired Works – Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale, Macon, GA
Workshop – Pushing the Surface of the Clay – The Kiln Studio, Fairhope, AL
2011
Georgia Clayworkers – Museum of Contemporary Art of GA, Atlanta, GA
Perspectives GA Pottery Invitational–Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
Workshop – Enhancing the Surface – Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, GA
Macon Arts, Fired Works – Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale, Macon, GA
National Juried Cup Show – Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
Workshop – Enhancing the Surface – Johns Creek Arts Center, Johns Creek, GA
GA Artists, A Juried Exhibit – Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, GA
2010
Perspectives Georgia Pottery Invitational – Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
Macon Arts, Fired Works – Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale, Macon, GA
Abernathy Arts Center, Instructors’ Show, Sandy Springs, GA
2009
Featured 3-D Artist, “Enhancing the Flow”, Gallery at Macon Arts, Macon, GA
Perspectives – Pottery Line-Up Exhibition, Watkinsville, GA
Macon Arts, Fired Works – Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale, Macon, GA
Artist’s Studio, Open House & Exit Show, “Down the Road: Callanwolde to Zonolite”, Atlanta, GA
2008 & Previous
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Pottery Show, Assistants and Instructors, Atlanta, GA
Southworks 2008 Art Exhibition, Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
National Juried Cup Show, Kent State University, OH
Abernathy Arts Center, Instructors’ Show, Sandy Springs, GA
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Pottery Show, Assistants and Instructors, Atlanta, GA
Mudfire Clayworks, Holiday Studio Sale, Decatur, GA

Workshops
2015
Pushing the Surface of the Clay (2 Day, Hands-On)– Macon Mud, Macon, GA
2013
Pushing the Surface of the Clay – The Art Place, Marietta, GA, 1 day hands-on
Pushing the Surface of the Clay – Chastain Arts Center – Atlanta, GA, 2 day hands-on
Pushing the Surface of the Clay – Zen and Now Studio – Tucker, GA, 1 day demonstration
2012
Pushing the Surface of the Clay – The Kiln Studio, Fairhope, AL, 2 day demonstration
2011
Enhancing the Surface – Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, GA, 1 day demonstration
Enhancing the Surface – Johns Creek Arts Center, Johns Creek, GA, 1 day demonstration

Publications
In the Potters Kitchen, American Ceramics Society, 2014
500 Vases, Lark Books, 2010
500 Plates & Chargers, Lark Books, 2008

Collections
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
The Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA

Representation
Gallery at Macon Arts, Macon, GA
Mudfire Clayworks Gallery, Decatur, GA
The Kiln Studio & Gallery, Fairhope, AL
The Bascom, Highlands, NC
Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, GA
Mark of the Potter, Clarkesville, GA