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Nancy Patterson Lamb

Biography to Display: 

1927 Born Wausau, Wisconsin


1950 Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, California


1945–1949 Work Study, Albert & Louisa King Pottery, Los Angeles, California

1954–1956 Guest Artist, Royal Porcelain Factory, Copenhagen, Denmark


Chief Designer, Peitou Ceramic Plant, Taipei, Taiwan

1957 Arabia Factory, Helsinki, Finland

1965-1992 Owner, Principal Potter, Iron Mountain Stoneware Inc., Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee


Nancy Patterson-Lamb is known for creating functional pottery. Lamb was the principal artist and head designer of Iron Mountain Stoneware, where she was responsible for creating at least 12 different lines of pottery over the course of 27 years in business.

Early works were especially influenced by modernist Scandinavian ceramics principals; later works explore a more painterly approach to the ceramic surface. Patterson-Lamb, creating much of the work herself, also employed up to 15 people at Iron Mountain's operation. Signature forms revolve around a standard dinnerware set.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC


Bibliography to Display: 

Lamb, Nancy Patterson. “Iron Mountain: Shaping the Earth.” Studio Potter 9, no.2 (1981).

Reif, Rita. “Touch of Scandinavian from Laurel Bloomery, Tenn.” New York Times, February 1, 1967.




Center for CraftSouthern Highland Craft Guild



Center for CraftCenter For Craft


Typical Marks
Coffee Set
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Oval Platter
Materials: Stoneware
Surface Technique: Brushwork, Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Pouring Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Jeffrey Kuratnick. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 29, 2022.