Steve Louks

Steve received his MFA in 1985 from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY and his BFA in 1983 from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. He is a full-time studio potter, working in the studio he shares with his wife, Lynnette Hesser. Steve taught ceramics for over 26 years at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama. He retired in 2013 and is now a Professor Emeritus. Steve has just written and published the book, Glazes from a Potter’s Perspective: A Simple, Kitchen-Method Approach to Understanding Glaze Development which features his glaze testing method, test tile preparation, a visual dictionary of glaze effects, his firing processes, and much more. His work is included in several public and private collections including the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in Texas, University of Florida, Tennessee State University, and Greenwich House Pottery among others. Steve was awarded the Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Crafts twice and the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts, as well as, many awards in national juried competitions. At the National Council on the Education of the Ceramics Arts (NCECA) 2017 in Portland, Oregon, Steve presented “An Easy Way to Adjust Glazes” as a featured presenter. He was previously a lead panelist on “Cone 6 Without Compromise”, Glaze Doctor, and Topical Group Discussion Leader numerous times. Steve has hosted the Alabama Clay Conference four times, twice at JSU, along with Lynnette Hesser. He has conducted numerous hands-on workshops which include Penland, Arrowmont, John C. Campbell Folk School, and many others on making functional pottery and developing glazes, as well as, demonstration workshops making his artwork. His artwork has been published in several books including; The Complete Guide to Mid-Fire Glazes, Glazing and Firing by John Britt, 500 Raku, The Ceramic Glaze Handbook by Mark Burleson. His article “L-shaped Test Tile” was published in the October 2018 issue in Ceramics Monthly. Recently, he was featured with Lynnette in an interview on thepotterscast.com/460.