ABOUT ME

LUCY NILAN

owner, maker, illustrator, teacher

Born in 1985, Boston, Massachusetts, I grew up with art and craft from an early age.  My parents both painters, always encouraged and fostered a sense of creativity.  Whether it was various open studios and galleries of theirs or friends, work around the home on display or museums there a constant presence.


A friend and I took a pottery class in college together; it was like a switch turned back on.  While my mom seemed to believe I would be more of a carpenter, I was drawn to clay.  After much deliberation I quickly changed my major from history and politics to ceramics.  After college I worked at various teaching jobs and a tile company in Chicago, Iowa and Washington State. I feel much of my education came from teaching others.


I started my studio in Tacoma, Washington by doing festivals and craft shows around town.  It drew me the production side of pottery.  I have relocated my studio to Colorado Springs, CO.  I am grateful for the love and opportunity given to me so that I can continue to work and grow artistically.

I currently make functional, colorful and playful home goods.  Many of my pots bring in the joy and comforts of animals, allowing me to explore the relationship between drawing, color and the three dimensional form.

For the most a part, pieces are thrown on a pottery wheel, once they are leatherhard excess clay is removed and a foot carved into them. At this same stage, they are decorated with a underglaze and wax resist. She uses a process called mishima to reinsert the original line drawing. They are allowed to dry completely and are fired in an electric kiln to 1830 degrees. A majority of the glazes are custom made using a variety of Mason Stains and various recipes (that are modifed). The pieces are glazed and refired for a second time. All pieces are food safe and meant to be used and enjoyed.  The mission is to brighten homes all over the world with beautiful yet durable every-day porcelain products. 

 

UPCOMING SHOWS AND EVENTS

I’ve always got new shows, projects and workshops cooking. And I'd love to tell the world about it. Contact me should you have more questions or want more information about anything you find here. Check out what is buzzing now.

RENGADE VIRTUAL FAIR

July 25, 2025

June 26 from 6 — 8 pm

Please note: The times listed above are EST. However, this is an online fair and open to the world!

To use our platform to further amplify the voices and reach of BIPOC artists, makers, and designers, Renegade is hosting a June Virtual Fair. We hope this allows for an inclusive, diverse, and dynamic Fair for emerging and established creatives alike. During the Fair, visitors will also be able to donate directly to organizations uplifting BIPOC communities (stay tuned for more on this as we do our research!). We can’t wait to “see” you there!

FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKET

September 26, 2020

Shop with us from 9am-4pm to support local artists and small business owners! 


Lewis Palmer High School

1300 Higby Rd.

Monument, CO 80132


Lewis Palmer High School (outdoors in the NORTH parking lot, across from the YMCA). Handicap parking and loading will be available directly next to the market, and all other parking will be in the south parking lot! 

Masks are requested for all attending since often multiple shoppers will be in the same booth shopping. Vendors will have hand sanitizer available, and shopping rows will be one-way. The morning is always the busiest, so if you're flexible consider attending in the afternoon! We can't wait to see you! 

 

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