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 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.

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.

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.

HAROLD BALAZS - Creating Wonder 2001, time: 28:42
"The purpose of art is to create wonder". Over 50 years ago Harold Balazs quit his day-job. Armed with talent, ambition, an art degree, and an acetylene torch, he set out to make a living making art in Spokane, Washington.

RUSSELL DAY- Living Art 2000, time: 28:31
"More than anyone, Russell set an example of what it was to live a life that revolved around art." Dale Chihuly As an art educator for over 30 years, Russell Day influenced the lives of many.

VIRGINIA HARVEY-A Legacy in Fiber Arts 2002, time: 28:30
"Learn more than anyone else knows about a single subject and the world will beat a path to your door." As a young woman, in the 1930's, Virginia Harvey developed an interest in weaving.

EVERT SODERGREN-Master Woodworker 2002, Time: 28:35
"My father was only interested in traditional design and I wasn't satisfied with that. I would like to make something that hasn't been made before."- Evert Sodergren Born in 1920, a fourth generation furniture maker, Evert Sodergren grew up in a family of Swedish immigrants in Seattle, Washington.

ROBERT SPERRY - A Northwest Master 1998, time: 28:31
"The biggest inspiration has been that I've been able to combine the ideas of art with the ideas of science into something that makes visual sense to me". Robert Sperry was an artist profoundly interested in new understanding and new ways of seeing the world.

ANNE GOULD HAUBERG - Visionary 2003, time: 29:23
"My father said this and I repeat it, 'If you don't support your artists you won't have them'." Anne Gould Hauberg was a dedicated patron and advocate for the arts and individual artists for over sixty-five years.

RAMONA SOLBERG-Jeweler, Teacher, Traveler 2000, time: 28:13
"I'm willing to put almost anything into a piece of jewelry if I think it works!" As artist, teacher, author, lecturer and collector, Ramona Solberg is a pioneer in the contemporary jewelry movement and a Living Treasure.