Artist Bio and Statement

Loren has been actively creating art since age 15. Her love of clay began at home, watching her sister throw pots on a kick wheel. She returned the favor and led her mother into ceramics. A Washington DC-area potter, she earned her BFA from Alfred University after studying with Don Reitz at the University of Wisconsin. Her association with Ruth Duckworth at Alfred was instrumental in her identifying herself as an artist. Seeing Duckworth’s work and thought process helped her understand how to lay the foundation for a lifetime of art making.  She sees her life as an artist intertwined in everything she does.

 

For 45 years, Loren has used clay as the most prevalent medium to create her art. Pottery satisfies her need for tactile intimacy, communication, and personal expression. In 2005, she built a woodfire Bourry Box kiln in her backyard. This was a seminal decision to engage her ceramic art on her own terms. She consciously minimizes her impact on the environment by using wood from her neighborhood that would otherwise be taken to a landfill. Because her kiln burns very efficiently, no smoke is emitted to further pollute the air.

Loren uses local clays in her work and limits the use of glazes. She focuses on finding what the kiln provides as a partner in the artistic process.  As a result, her use of refined chemicals is lessened and her exposure to toxic raw materials is minimized. 

 

Loren continued to make art while working as a computer programmer and librarian. She earned her Masters of Library Science and was instrumental in moving the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art from microfilming to digitizing its collections. She was an informal in-house expert on ceramics and always a cheerleader for acquiring ceramic-related materials. She retired in 2015 to focus on her own art.