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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Steve Loucks

Lynnette Hesser

Steve Loucks

Lynnette Hesser

Steve Loucks

Lynnette Hesser


Instructors: Steve Loucks and Lynnette Hesser
June 28–30, 2019 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Learn and make your own complex, wheel thrown vessels including pitchers, jars, bowls, and teapots. In the mornings, we will demonstrate a wide variety of techniques and make sections that are altered by darting, stretching, and reforming them. Then, they will be assembled and embellished with handles, spouts, lids, rims, and feet. Lynnette will demonstrate sprigging and her carving techniques. In the afternoons, we will be helping each attendee individually make their own unique, complex vessels. While we work, we will discuss design principles and ceramic aesthetics.


STEVE LOUCKS received his MFA in 1985 from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, and his BFA in 1983 from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. He is a full-time studio potter, working in the studio he shares with his wife, Lynnette Hesser. Steve taught ceramics for over 26 years at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama. He retired in 2013 and is now a Professor Emeritus. Steve has just written and published the book, Glazes from a Potter’s Perspective: A Simple, Kitchen-Method Approach to Understanding Glaze Development which features his glaze testing method, test tile preparation, a visual dictionary of glaze effects, his firing processes, and much more.

Steve’s work is included in several public and private collections including the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in Texas, University of Florida, Tennessee State University, and Greenwich House Pottery among others. Steve was awarded the Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Crafts twice and the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts, as well as many awards in national juried competitions. At the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts (NCECA) 2017 in Portland, Oregon, Steve presented “An Easy Way to Adjust Glazes” as a featured presenter. He was previously a lead panelist on “Cone 6 Without Compromise,” Glaze Doctor, and Topical Group Discussion Leader numerous times. Steve has hosted the Alabama Clay Conference four times, twice at JSU, along with Lynnette Hesser. He has conducted numerous hands-on workshops which include Penland, Arrowmont, John C. Campbell Folk School, and many others on making functional pottery and developing glazes, as well as demonstration workshops making his artwork. His artwork has been published in several books, including The Complete Guide to Mid-Fire Glazes, Glazing and Firing by John Britt, 500 Raku, The Ceramic Glaze Handbook by Mark Burleson. His article “L-shaped Test Tile” was published in the Ceramics Monthly October 2018 issue. Recently, he was featured with Lynnette in an interview on thepotterscast.com/460.

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LYNETTE HESSER is a full-time artist working in the studio she shares with her husband and ceramic artist, Steve Loucks, in Wellington, Alabama. In 2018, she was published in Glazes from a Potter’s Perspective: A Simple, Kitchen-Method Approach to Understanding Glaze Development, which was written by Steve, as the Contributing Editor with selected images throughout the book. She was awarded the Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Crafts grant for 2011 and is also published in The Complete Guide to Mid-Fire Glazes, Glazing and Firing by John Britt, 500 Raku, The Ceramic Glaze Handbook by Mark Burleson, the 1997 Studio Potter Magazine featuring Alabama ceramic artists, and Pottery Analysis by Dr. Prudence Rice.

Lynnette conducts ceramic workshops and exhibits her work nationwide. Lynnette was an Adjunct Instructor of Art for Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, for 16 years and at Gadsden State Community College for 4 years. She was the Manager of the Ceramics Studio at the University of Florida and has also taught both full-time and part-time art classes for pre-K through high school age students. While raising their two children, Lynnette continued to show new ceramic work in art exhibitions. She holds a BA from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, a BFA and MFA from the University of Florida (all three with ceramics concentrations) and an MSEd from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama, with a concentration in Early Childhood. She co-hosted the Alabama Clay Conference (ALCC) with Steve and is still an active ALCC Steering Committee volunteer. Lynnette’s most recent ceramic workshops were held at the Arrowmont School of Crafts, The John C. Campbell Folk School, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, Mississippi University for Women, Wesleyan Potters in Connecticut and as a visiting demonstrator during Steve’s 7th session at The Penland School of Crafts. She often team teaches with Steve where they demonstrate simultaneously, offering the attendees a wide range of ceramic techniques and philosophies during the workshop and image presentation. She is known for her detailed carvings of geometric and floral forms either thrown on the wheel or handbuilt from thin slabs which she joins together to make hollow coral and mushroom sculptural forms. She was featured with Steve in an interview on thepotterscast.com/460.

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