Lana Heckendorn Ceramics
These functional porcelain pots are wheel-thrown or hand-built, sometimes in combination, and have hand-drawn patterns. I use multiple glazes of different surface quality (satin, gloss, speckled) on each piece to create dynamic but quiet color compositions. The glazes are of my own making, the result of extensive testing to achieve particular surface qualities and colors.
Color is often confined to compartments or zones for emphasis and to enhance my drawing. I use masking tape and waxes when glazing to allow clearly defined areas of glaze to reside side-by-side with only a subtle overlap. Often one color of glaze is sparingly drawn with a fine needle tool before a second color is dipped or poured over that area. This layering gives a sense of depth to the surface.
My making processes explore the relationship of form, color and surface pattern in functional pottery. I believe that functional objects should be enduring, not only in their craft but in their beauty as well.
(All work is handmade by the artist alone in her studio in Carlisle, PA.)