Lou Peden, Clay Artist
Lou Peden has been making nature-based pottery for almost 40 years. She often says that every piece starts with a walk in the woods. With degrees in art from both the University of Georgia and Arizona State University, she taught art at levels from kindergarten through college. Currently she spends most of her spare time at her studio near Table Rock in South Carolina, making pottery that blends the line between decoration and function. Most of the organic material she incorporates into her art is from Pickens County, a favorite being the large Magnolia macrophylla. She can also be found every third Saturday at the Hagood Mill Historic Site, kicking an old style treadle wheel and enjoying interacting with visitors.
In addition to the large organic pieces, she is “hooked” on creating large ceramic wall-hung fish. They are wired to hang behind the dorsal fin and are outdoor and damp area safe. These range from quasi-realistic to downright and utterly whimsical.