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Antonia Lawson

Biography to Display: 

1958 Born Hong Kong, Republic of China

EDUCATION

Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Republic of China

Macclesfield College, Macclesfield, United Kingdom

The Fringe Pottery Center, Hong Kong

Terra Linda Recreation, San Rafael, California

College of Marin, Kentfield, California

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

Ceramic Technician and Substitute Teacher, Terra Linda Recreation, Ceramic Center

2006 Career Grant Recipient, Marin Arts Council, Kentfield, California

 

Antonia Lawson is known for making hand-built sculptural and functional ceramics. Her work varies by series, but her work is usually made of low fire clay that contains a substantial proportion of grog (clay, which has been fired then ground up that is used to reduce shrinkage in clay bodies.   Lawson finishes her work with a bold color palette that she attributes to her time in Asia. Her series can range from ceramic vessels with landscape illustrations, to phallic wall hanging hearts, to human figures with animal heads.

Lawson first studied ceramics in the United Kingdom.

Lawson was born in Hong Kong and traveled extensively throughout Europe, India, China and the Far East. She worked and lived in Taiwan. She discusses her process as follows: “I most commonly use fat coils to build my pieces, using my thumbs and a rubber kidney to smooth out the wall. I make my own sprig molds in the English Wedgwood tradition and use these to create the small clay embellishments that are added to some of my pieces. I carve my own texture stamps. Works are finished with under-glazes, glazes, stains, and oxides. My pieces are multi-fired in an electric kiln. "

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Lawson, Antonia. “Handbuilt Earthenware at the Mill Valley Sculpture Gardens in Mill Valley, California” Ceramics Monthly 50, no.8 (2002).

 

 

Typical Marks

Since 1993 Lawson's mark has been a T with a snake on right and a swirl on left.

Cat Fish, Anthropomorphic Series
Date: 2007
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Ceramic
Method: Slab Built, Coiled
Dimensions: 36" high
Surface Technique: Gilding, Glaze, Overglaze, Sprig, Underglaze
Photo: Artist
Holy Cow, Kitchen God Seeries
Date: 2007
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Ceramic
Method: Coiled
Dimensions: 36" high
Surface Technique: Gilding, Glaze, Sprig
Photo: Artist
Garden Diva, aka Peony Princess, Back Bone Series
Date: 2015
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Ceramic
Method: Slab Built, Drape Mold, Carved
Surface Technique: Overglaze, Underglaze
Photo: Artist
Lion Heart
Date: 2016
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Ceramic
Method: Slab Built, Press Mold
Surface Technique: Overglaze, Underglaze
Photo: Artist
Golden Bees Plate
Date: 2017
Materials: Ceramic
Method: Press Mold, Drape Mold
Surface Technique: Luster, Overglaze, Underglaze
Photo: Artist

Citation: Herrera, Carolyn. "The Marks Project." Last modified October 4, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/lawson