Lynne Meade

Lynne Meade (1962, USA) studied at Penland School Of Crafts and graduated with a BA in Ceramic Design from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1986. She has taught classes at MIT, The New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Walnut Creek Center for Community Arts, ASUC at UC Berkeley, and workshops around the country. In 2009, Meade received the Carol Duke Artist Award for Excellence In Craft at the Bellevue Arts Museum. She has permanent collections at American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California and at Benedict University in Chicago, Illinois, and is part of many private collections around the world.

She currently works out of her studio in Oakland, California. Her works in clay exemplify stunning form, intricate detail, and subtle beauty. Her pieces are wheel thrown, hand pierced and glazed. Everything is done by eye, without molds or templates. She keeps to a simple color palette to avoid the toxic metals in many clay colorants and to let the intricate design speak for itself. The straight lines and undulating curves in architecture and nature imbue her organic, geometric forms.

The symmetry and dynamic patterns of Juan Quezada, the master potter of Mata Ortiz, inspire her. The patterns in her ceramics tell stories that unfold as a viewer turns a piece. Piercing a vessel over days creates a peaceful, meditative space that becomes embodied in the work. Her mid-century modern pierced collection explores the play of light and shadow, transparency and inner space, and complements any urban, contemporary or transitional space.