Lifetime Achievement Awards


Loren Lukens

NWDC Lifetime Achievement Award - 2016

Loren Lukens was awarded this honor because of his gorgeous pots, his longtime membership in NWDC, his wholehearted commitment to NWDC/WA Clay Arts/arts in general, and his gorgeous pots - which bear mentioning twice! 

Loren became an NWDC member in 1980, often bringing his toddler daughter (now, a noted geologist) to meetings.  He served on our Board for 12 years as our treasurer, during the presidencies of Larry Metcalf, Gretchen Echols, Megan Corwin and Lois Harbaugh. As our treasurer, he also maintained the books for the Living Treasures project.

Loren has made his living as a ceramic artist for 40 years. He maintained a studio in the Northlake area of Seattle for many years.  Twenty years ago he opened Brace Point Pottery in West Seattle, where he now works and has a sales gallery.

He has also been very active in the clay guild, Washington Clay Arts, and is known as one of the most respected leaders in the clay community.

He shows work in 25 galleries in 15 states.

Loren is one of those dedicated people who always helps out, whether the need is great or small.  We thank him for doing so much for NWDC, and again, for his gorgeous pots.

Larry Metcalf

Larry Metcalf

NWDC Lifetime Achievement Award

Read an Interview with Larry

Whether in a board position or behind the scenes, for over four decades, artist/member Larry Metcalf has brought the marvelous to NWDC through his leadership and vision, his connections, his extraordinary talent in exhibition design, his commitment to NWDC hospitality (parties!), his own artwork, and his compassion.



Lloyd Herman

NWDC Honorary Member Lifetime Achievement Award

Read an interview with Lloyd
Looking Forward, Glancing Back: Northwest Designer Craftsmen at 50

Lloyd Herman is the Founding Director Emeritus of the Renwick Gallery (the branch of the Smithsonian focused on American craft.) Lloyd has been an Honorary Member of NWDC since 1988.

Lloyd not only brought his national reputation to NWDC, he’s offered his expertise for over twenty-five years. Lloyd has curated NWDC shows, written about NWDC, lectured for NWDC, and been very accessible to the membership. We honor Lloyd for the generosity of his participation.