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Luann Duhon

Clay / Lafayette, LA / Master Craftsman

Artist Statement

thrown & hand built

Biography

Luann Duhon has created a unique artistic style by combining her love for nature with her creativity and talent. A potter for more than 25 years, the inspiration for her work comes from many years of bird watching, floral design and the love of the outdoors.
Luann is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and she now resides in Lafayette, Louisiana. She has been a licensed floral designer in the state of Louisiana since 1982. Her experience as a florist has given Luann a special sense of line, shape, and color.
Luann’s most recent endeavors have been in producing raku-fired pottery. The fish she creates are funky twists on the fish she has caught while in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. Luann has spent over eight summers in the mountains enriching the minds of campers by teaching them the techniques and processes of pottery making. Luann enjoys producing horse hair raku pieces. This raku process employs horsehair, feathers, and ferric chloride. Raku clay is used in the throwing process, and the pieces are bisque fired in an electric kiln. Afterward, the pieces are placed in a propane-fired kiln, and they are brought up to 1600 degrees in about 45 minutes. They are then removed from this kiln, and horsehair or feathers are applied at just the right moment to produce black carbon lines on the surface. A solution of ferric chloride is sprayed on the piece to achieve the ocher colors. Variations in the color occur depending on the temperature of the pot. The pots are then coated with a urethane finish to bring out the depth of the color and to seal the pot.
Luann’s newest endeavors are in creating colorful birds. Working with clay has always been her favorite medium, but recently Luann has been exploring her creativity with knitting. She discovered a wide variety of colorful and textured yarns, and she knew that these yarns would be a perfect match for the birds. The birds you see today are only the beginning of what is to come. The birds take many hours to produce and dry, and Luann enjoys every minute of the process. The bodies of the birds are made from stoneware clay. They are fired to 2200 degrees, and they derive their color from commercial and scratch glazes. The legs and feet are made of metal which she bends and welds together. The legs are then placed in wood, or they are welded to a metal plate. The birds are made with openings to accept the feathers of heated copper sheeting, copper wire, brass screening, and yarns. She uses a two part epoxy to attach the legs. Finally, she uses acrylic paints over the epoxy to match the leg and body.
If you happen to stop by Lafayette, LA and visit Luann at her home studio you might find her working on any number of these techniques. Luann feels that one idea leads to another, and eventually many new and exciting products will emerge from the combinations of different techniques.