Lane Gordon Thorlaksson Canadian Studio Pottery Vase with Stand

Lane Gordon Thorlaksson Canadian Studio Pottery Vase with Stand

Code: TC21137


H: 10.5cm (4.1")Di: 7.5cm (3")

£620.00 Approx $784.81, €723.45

A stunning Canadian studio pottery vase decorated in light blue glazes with an associated pottery stand by Lane Gordon Thorlaksson (Canadian, 1937-2009) dated 1972. 

Lane Gordon Thorlaksson was born in 1937 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved to Vancouver as a child. In his twenties, he represented Canada in the 1959 Chicago Pan-American Games, running alongside Henry 'Harry' Winston Jerome in both the 100 yard and 220-yard dash. Following this, he attended San Jose University of California and in 1966 received a BFA in Ceramics.

Working with clay was Thorlaksson’s passion. He was fascinated with Asian ceramics, in particular the Song dynasty Chinese pot forms and glazes. In 1985, the Mayor of Vancouver, Mike Harcourt, visited China on a goodwill mission for the twinning of Vancouver with Guangzhou China. As gifts, he took with him several of Thorlaksson’s ceramics and presented them to Cao Yun-ping, Secretary-General of the People's Municipal Government of Guangzhou. The pieces were well received and local Chinese potters were interested to learn about his glazing techniques.

In 1987, Thorlaksson was invited to visit China’s Guangzhou University to exhibit more of his work. He was aided in this exchange by Joanne Mah, the Director of Intercultural Training and Educational Consultants (ITEC), who had worked with the Harcourt exchange. In 1988, she and her husband sponsored a pre-gallery showing of Thorlaksson’s ceramics at the ITEC’s Hong Kong office, prior to an exhibition at Alvin Gallery in Hong Kong. Thorlaksson was celebrated and introduced to academics and the media, including the head of ceramics at the Guangzhou Institute of Fine Arts. Local Chinese potters were eager to learn about his firing techniques, which used multiple firings to create special glaze characteristics. They were also intrigued to understand how he designed his own stands as an integrated part of his presentation. Unlike Asian potters who used wooden stands, Thorlaksson produced his stands in clay, matching each stand in aesthetic and tone to its pot. This two-part process elevated his pieces to sculpture. He believed that ceramics should be viewed as fine art and not craft. He was inspired by the female form and was quoted as saying 'Most potters make pots; I make parts of people'.

The vase is of tall bulbous shape standing on a narrow round unglazed foot. The vase has a narrow neck and fold back top and is decorated in light blue glazes over a darker blue ground with elements of the darker color coming through the glaze. The vase comes complete with a purpose made pottery stand decorated in tenmoku style glazes. Both pieces are signed and the vase is dated 1972.  

Provenance: Acquired in the British Art Market.

In excellent condition.