LORI HANNAN OF RED CLOUD POTTERY
Lori Hannan, inspired by the Colorado landscape and nature’s own works of art, creates pottery that celebrates her relationship to the earth. Her evolution as an artist has also been shaped by her experiences and travels.
A native of Pennsylvania, she moved to Texas where she received her BFA in ceramics and her minor in weaving from the University of Texas at Austin. Soon after, she moved to Germany, where she taught pottery to American soldiers and their families in Maine. While there, she was invited to Norway to teach art at an International Youth Camp. This really sparked an interested in teaching youth, and upon her return to the United States, Lori received her teaching credential from the San Francisco State University. She taught art and ceramics to high school students for five years in the Bay Area.
After the birth of her children, she and her husband moved to Southern Colorado, and Red Cloud Pottery was born. Lori continues to grow in the process of producing fine pottery that celebrates her connection and love for all that is born of the earth. Lori Hannan was going to be a famous painter when she went to college to study art. That one required clay class sent her in a whole new direction. Clay became her are, and has been ever since. That was in the early 1980’s. The challenge to become a studio potter sent her many places on the planet, and her love of the earth grew.
She finds herself, today, nestled up next to the Greenhorn Mountains in the home she shares with her husband and two teenage boys. Her studio is there, and her clay journey continues. She still loves thrown forms, earth colors and textures, which are very evident in her work. What direction her work will go from here is anyone’s guess!