Lance writes, I was first attracted to ceramics because of the joy I saw in the making. I delighted in the knowledge gained from the past through the discovery of vessels or shards. I enjoy problem solving and seeking answers to complex questions of which the creation of ceramic objects lends itself. I begin my creative process with the rhythmic wedging of stoneware clay as I contemplate the series of forms to come. Through a blend of concentration and relaxation I find harmony in the forming, decorating and the finishing of each piece. My wheel thrown forms are carved, dried, bisque fired, glazed and finally glaze fired in a Raku kiln or high-fire kiln. In the process of creating my decorative vessels, I seek traditional form upon which I may draw a line or create line with a variety of methods. The intention is to provoke a tactile and visual intimacy and allow for contemplation. The concepts start with my heart and are created with my hands; passing to the viewer, this concept hopefully passes from their hands to their heart.
I have been an artist potter for over 40 years now. My primary means of forming is throwing on the potter’s wheel. I received my BFA in Ceramics at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas under Piero Fenci and my MA and MFA in ceramics at the University of Dallas under Dan Hammett. My first semester in clay was in the Spring of 1978 which was primarily hand building. In the summer, I became friends with the graduate students and they taught me the basics of throwing on a wheel. When the Fall class started, my instructor asked if anyone wanted to learn to throw. He asked if I wanted to try and I said sure. I hopped on the wheel and proceeded to throw a cylinder to his astonishment. I then told him about learning from the graduate students.
Both of my ceramics instructors were graduates of Alfred University in New York under Val Cushing and not only taught me a love of the material but also much of the more technical aspects of clay, glaze and firing. They also inspired me to continue my knowledge of ceramics through collaboration, workshops, reading and of course now, the internet.
After graduate school, I moved to Carlsbad, California and opened a studio gallery and worked part time for a production potter. I moved on to Seattle, Washington and taught classes at Seattle Central Community College and Seward Park Arts Studio. The art fair scene was quite strong in Washington state and I participated and many art fairs. After 10 years in Seattle, I decided to move back to Texas and made a stopover in Colorado Springs, but never left. I found Down to Earth Pottery and worked for them as a production potter for a year or so. Art fairs at the time were quite strong in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico and I attended many an art fair for a number of years. I applied to become a member of Commonwheel Artists Coop in 2006. In 2007 I became a ceramics instructor at Pikes Peak Community College and after quickly growing the department, I was offered a permanent position as a faculty member and the head of the department, a position I still hold to this day. In 2009 I set up a studio at Cottonwood Center for the Arts and remain there to this day. Occasionally, I offer private lessons in my studio to beginning and advanced students.
Aside from the art fairs, I began marketing my ceramic objects online in 1995. A few years ago, I quit the art fairs entirely and focused on online sales. I sell through Etsy, Handmade at Amazon, and through the Artful Home. A number of other sales come from my studio, social media and networking.
My work can be found online at:
Lance Timco on Artful Home
Timco Art Pottery on Etsy
Timco Art Pottery on Handmade at Amazon
Timco Art Pottery on Squareup Market
Colorado galleries that carry my work:
Commonwheel Artists Co-op
102 Cañon Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Spirits in the Wind Gallery
1211 Washington Ave.
Golden, CO 80401
Rock Run Gallery
95 South Main Street
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Timco Art Pottery on social media: