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LA Gallanar, Lou Ann Gallanar

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Born Seattle, Washington



1960s-1990s Potter

1980s  Teacher Sweetwater Art Center in Sewickley, Pennsylvania;  Touchstone Center for Crafts, Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania



Lou Ann Gallanar, called LA Gallanar, is known for hand-built small scale sculptures as well as kick wheel-thrown pottery. Work is raku fired. In the 1990s Gallanar began to burnish her work with smooth river rocks to polish the surface. This is also the period when she began to fire objects in saggars with packed straw, saw dust or metal filings. 1

In 1968 Gallanar learned to hand-build until the family moved to Indiana, Pennsylvania in 1970, where she took clay classes at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. There she learned to wheel-throw on an electric wheel and to raku fire. On a field trip to Washington, DC with Professor Don Hedman, Gallanar and her classmates were able to hold and handle ancient bowls and shards. Gallanar recalls being connected to the ancient hands that made these objects.2 Sometime later, after a hiatus from kick-wheel throwing, Gallarnar returned to hand building and created a series of “handlings”, small scale objects meant to be held and handled.

In later life Gallanar was no longer able to raku fire and incorporated leaves and rolled them into the clay surface or used steel wool or metal on the surface to create interesting effects when fired.



2. ibid


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Center for CraftCenter For Craft



AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks
Date: 1987
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Raku fired, Hand-Built
Dimensions: 1.3 x 35.3 inches
Surface Technique: Burnished, Raku
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.408
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.408
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified June 3, 2023.