Lifetime Achievement Awards
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 in its final years.
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.
NWDC Lifetime Achievement Award
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.
NWDC Honorary Member Lifetime Achievement Award
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.
Living Treasures Videos
As the pioneers of the contemporary craft movement reach an advanced age, it has become an urgent task to make a record of their lives, their work and their achievements. The Living Treasures Project is an ongoing series of video profiles documenting the Northwest's most important and influential elder craft professionals. These are individuals with lifelong involvement in the arts and a history of personal generosity and outstanding leadership. They built institutions, taught fellow artists, and created important works that affected the direction of their fields. They are an inspiration to us all.