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Doyle Lane

Biography to Display: 

1925Born New Orleans, Louisiana

2002  Died  Los Angelos, California


1953 Los Angeles City College

East Los Angeles City College

University of Southern California


       1942-1946 Military

Studio Potter

1950's     Glaze Chemist, L.H. Butcher       Chemical, East Los Angeles, California


Doyle Lane is known for work that ranges from beaded necklaces to delicate vases he called weed pots to ceramic sculptures to clay paintings, and large scale wall mosaics. The Orange Wall, commissioned for 301 E. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena at 18 feet long is one of his largest mosaics. This piece is now installed at The Huntington Garden and Library in San Marion, CA.

While at the University of Southern California he studied with Vivika Heino and Carlton Ball.  

Lane’s clay paintings were often round with areas defined by color fields or they were composed of pieces that had been cut from the whole, glazed and then reassembled. Typically the clay paintings are mounted on a wooden background. Lane's goal with the paintings was to create a painting that could be outside.

A glaze specialist, in the Glen Lukens tradition, he developed glazes to enhance his small simple forms. They often crawl, bubble, crack and melt off the lower edges of his pieces.

As a Black man, Doyle Lane, struggled to sell his work in the mid 20th century.

Public Collections

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Bibliography to Display: 

Cederholm, Theresa Dickason. Afro-American Artists: A Bio-Bibliographical Directory. Boston, MA: Trustees of the Boston Public Library, 1973

Doyle Lane. Clay Paintings. Los Angeles: The Landing at Reform Gallery, 2014.

Lewis, Samella. African American Art and Artists. Berkeley, CA Berkeley University of California Press, 1990.

Montgomery, Evangeline J. California Black Craftsmen. Oakland, CA: Mills College Art Gallery, 1970. 

Nordness, Lee. Objects USA: Works by Artist-Craftsmen in Ceramic, Enamel, Glass,Metal, Plastic, Mosaic, Wood and Fiber. New York, NY: Viking Press, 1970.

Tigerman, Bobbye. A Handbook of California Design. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2013.

Wilson, Stanley, Studio Potter 1970s, 1981




Typical Marks
Bowl with Glazed Interior
Date: 1950-1960
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Unglazed
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Conical Vase
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Orange Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 2.25 x 9"
Surface Technique: Glaze
Linda and James Haggerty
Photo: TMP
Linda and James Haggerty

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 4, 2023.