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Larry Allen

Biography to Display: 

Born Birmingham, Alabama

EDUCATION

1978 BA Art Berea College, Berea, Kentucky

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1978—Studio potter, La Pottery, Leeds, Alabama

 

Larry Allen makes a wide range of both functional forms meant for everyday use and larger decorative vessel related forms meant for display. His pottery is wheel-thrown using black stoneware clay with decorative techniques including sgraffito, multiple glaze stages and firings. 

Each piece is coated with slip. When the slip has stiffened the surface is covered with a wax coating. This allows Sgraffito, the carving of designs into the clay.  The vessels are bisque fired; then the interior is glazed and the exterior is given highlights with a low fire red glaze. Each piece gets one more final firing. 

The inspiration for Allen’s designs comes largely from Native American and African art.

 

 

 

 

the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
   
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

 

Typical Marks
1995
1996
1996
Vase
Date: 1995
Form: Vase
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Blue Vase
Date: 1996
Form: Vase
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mugs
Date: 1996
Form: Mug
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Vase
Form: Vase
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 12, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/allen-3