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Lana Wilson ceramics at Crimson Laurel Gallery

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Article Published: Mar. 28, 2013 | Modified: Mar. 28, 2013
Lana Wilson ceramics at Crimson Laurel Gallery

Ceramics by Lana Wilson are being featured at Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville.

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On April 1, Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville will open an exhibition, featuring new work by nationally recognized ceramic artist Lana Wilson.

Wilson’s ornate multicolored functional pottery stands out in the realm of ceramics.

“I definitely love to make stuff,” Wilson said. “For two decades, I have hand-built with pieces of clay, arranging them in layers and making more parts and arranging them yet again. I work until I think I like it, and then I might stop. I am greedy for complicated textures, movable doors and drawers, multiple stamped images and unusual glazes that I develop through obsessive testing.

“For years, ethnic ritual objects have influenced me. With my abiding interests in unusual surfaces and ritual presence, I have made altars, teapots, tableware, multi-layered mosaics and tiles.

“Currently, I am interested in functional ware. I paint three layers of colored slip on soft slabs. Sometimes I use newspaper to resist the colors, other times I spatter colors as a final step. I carve out bits, turn them upside-down and inlay them like fossils. The rich mix of colors, inlaying carved out colored pieces in new places give me painterly slabs of color to make into plates, bowls, cups, vases and teapots.”

The exhibition will open on April 1 and remain through April 30. Artwork can be seen and purchased online, beginning April 1 at midnight.

Crimson Laurel Gallery is located at 23 Crimson Laurel Way in Bakersville. For more information, call (828) 688-3599 or visit

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