Mainly porcelain vessel forms (with some in stoneware or earthenware).
Electric kiln - Earthenware 1140degreeC., Stoneware & Porcelain to 1260 - 1280degree C.
LPG gas kiln for reduction fired pieces (1280degreesC.)
Peter Lane's work, especially in porcelain, is in many collections
around the world and it has been widely exhibited in Britain, Austria,
Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Norway, Switzerland, Kuwait,
Australia, Canada and the USA.
He is included in the highly selective Crafts Council INDEX "Craftsmen of Quality" in London. His ceramics have been illustrated and reviewed in numerous books, magazines and newspapers at home and abroad.
He describes himself as "basically a vessel-maker", although he is interested more in form and surface than function in the work he produces. Much of his stimulus comes from his love of natural forms and landscape. He has become particularly well-known for his carved and/or pierced porcelain bowls, several of which are in important public collections.
His most recent work involves the use of brightly coloured ceramic stains on unglazed, polished porcelain exploring qualities of light and colour as experienced in "Skies" and landscape. In addition to the continuing influence of nature, some of his designs reflect his experience of modern architecture seen during his travels abroad.
Peter Lane is well-known for his books (see more detail below), notably, STUDIO PORCELAIN (Pitman, London and Chilton, USA, 1980); STUDIO CERAMICS (Collins, London and Chilton, USA, 1983); CERAMIC FORM: Design and Decoration (Collins, London and Rizzoli, New York 1988 reprinted 1990) with an enlarged edition (A&C Black, London; Rizzoli, New York; Craftsman House, Australia) in 1998; CONTEMPORARY PORCELAIN: Materials, Techniques and Expressions (A&C Black, London and Chilton, USA 1995) and for his own creative work, especially in porcelain, which is included in many public and private collections around the world.
His ceramics have been widely exhibited and he has lectured and given numerous workshop demonstrations in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States of America as well as many more in Britain.
He is a Member of the International Academy of Ceramics; a Fellow of the Craft Potters' Association of Great Britain; a Fellow of the Society of Designer-Craftsmen, and his work is included in the British Crafts Council's selective Index, Craftsmen of Quality, in London.
In 1987, after more than thirty years of full-time teaching in schools, colleges and university, Peter Lane resigned his Senior Lectureship at the University of East Anglia to concentrate fully on his own creative work and writing about contemporary ceramics. He now lives and works in Alresford, Hampshire in the south of England.
In Peter Lane's current work, he attempts capture the luminosity and qualities of colour through a series of porcelain bowls and vessel forms.
Studied Painting and Ceramics at the Bath Academy of Art and,
subsequently, taught Art in a number of schools and colleges between
He held the posts of Head of Art firstly in an all-age school, then in a secondary modern school and finally at Andover Grammar School. At the same time he gained further experience as a teacher of ceramics and painting in adult education and as Principal of a Further Education Arts Centre.
Between 1964 and 1966 he was Lecturer/Organizer at the Somerset College of Art where he was responsible for initiating and administering a large variety of visual arts courses involving approximately 50 staff and 1800 students.
In 1966 he took up an appointment as Lecturer in Ceramics and Art Education at Keswick Hall College of Education (teacher training) in Norwich. Four years later he was promoted Senior Lecturer and became Head of Department in 1980.
In 1981, Peter Lane was appointed Senior Lecturer in the new School of Education at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, with responsibility for Art Education and Ceramics. In the same year Peter was honoured with the award of the Centennial SILVER MEDAL of the Society of DesignerCraftsmen for work of "outstanding design and craftsmanship" at a Fellows exhibition at the Royal Society of Arts, London, in 1981. This is the top award which is made annually.
At the end of the academic year in 1984 he resigned his full-time post in order to concentrate upon his own creative work and his writings on ceramics. The University then appointed him to a Senior Fellowship on a three year, part time, contract until he took early retirement in November 1987.
Peter Lane is an elected Fellow of the Craft Potters' Association of Great Britain (since 1962) and a Fellow of the Society of Designer-Craftsmen (since 1976).
He was a founder-member of the Norfolk Contemporary Crafts Society.
He was elected to the Council of the Federation of British Craft Societies in 1976 and became its Vice-Chairman 1977-80.
He served on the United Kingdom Committee of the World Crafts Council and on the Council of the Society of Designer-Craftsmen.
He has been an exhibiting member of the British Crafts Centre in London and his work is included in the Craft Council's Index "Craftsmen of Quality".
He was elected a Member of the International Academy of Ceramics (Geneva) in 1997.
Peter Lane has delivered many public lectures and conducted workshops and demonstrations in Britain, Greece, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA.
- In 1981 he was an invited speaker and exhibitor at the National Ceramics Conference held in Sydney, Australia.
- In 1982 he was guest curator for an exhibition of British Studio Porcelain (and lectured on the subject) in Boston, USA
- In March - April 1984 he undertook an extensive tour, organised by the Potters' Society of Australia, giving lectures and workshops in Perth, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. A similar tour in Feb-April 1989 included Perth, Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, Bundaberg and Mackay.
- In 1985, he exhibited in the USA (Seattle, Boston, Boise and San Francisco)
- During October and November 1985 he lectured and gave workshops in Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, Califomia and Ohio at the invitation of various institutions.
- In May 1986 he was a selector for the Second National Biennial Exhibition of Canadian Ceramics in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, and lectured in Quebec City.
- In 1989 he was the sole Judge for the Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award and international exhibition in Auckland, New Zealand.
- 1990 brought another tour to New Zealand (Hamilton, New Plymouth, Weilington, Nelson and Christchurch) and Sydney, Australia (and again, Sydney in 1992, Perth 1998).
- 2004 Juror for the First Taiwan Ceramics Biennale in Yingge County Ceramics Museum in Taipei
- He has judged many more exhibitions around Britain.
- Hon. Fellow of CPA, 2004
- Hon. Fellow of Society of Designer Craftsmen, 2005
ClayGlaze Ltd. at Rickmansworth; Potterycrafts Ltd. at Stoke-on Trent; South Wales Potters
Southern Ceramic Group (several); Wey Ceramic Group, Farnham; West Surrey College of Art & Design
Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education; Dacorum & Chiltern Potters' Group; Pendley Manor, Tring
Norfolk Contemporary Crafts Society; N.A.D.F.A.S (Hampshire Branch - twice); Craft Potters' Association, London
Suffolk Crafts Society; Pots & Potters Festival (Aldeburgh); Northern Potters Association
Berkshire Potters Assn.(Twyford); Castle Museum, Norwich; Suffolk County Art Advisors
East Anglian Potters Association; Farnham Art Society; Cumbria Craft Guild; Alresford Art Society
West Country Potters' Association; London Potters' Association; Bucks. Pottery & Sculpture Society
Ceramic Study Group, Sydney (several); Potters' Society of Australia, Sydney; South Australia Potters, Adelaide
Victorian Ceramic Group, Melbourne (3x); Claremont College, Perth, W.A; Joan Campbell Workshop, Fremantle
W.A. Michael Woods Workshop, Perth, W.A.; Canberra College of Art, A.C.T.; Melbourne College
Caulfield Institute, Ceramics Dept.,Victoria; Queensland Potters' Association, Brisbane
Bundaberg Potters' Association, Queensland; Mackay Potters' Association, Queensland
Tasmanian Potters' Society, Hobart; Hobart School of Art; Perth Studio Potters, Inc.
Quebec Potters' Association
Auckland Potters' Association; College of Art, Auckland; Waikato Polytechnic, Hamilton
Wellington Potters' Society; New Plymouth Potters Association; Nelson Potters Association
Christchurch Potters Association
Westminster Gallery, Boston; Ohio Designer-Craftsmen, Columbus; Boise University, Idaho
Museum of Fine Art, Boise, Idaho; Museum of Art, Spokane, Washington State
East Washington State University
Powell College, Wyoming; Portland State University, Oregon
Oregon School of Arts & Crafts; San Francisco State University; Sunnyvale Community College, California
The Clayhouse, Santa Monica, California
PanHellenic Potters' Association, Athens
SHKS School of Art, Oslo University
NVK Dutch Ceramic Assn., Hilversum.
Atelier Kirkel, Braaschat
2004 Judged the First International Ceramics Biennale at Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taipei (early January 2004) and lectured at the Symposium in February. five weeks later)
Publications since 1993 include:
Peter Lane, Northern Potters-Annual Camp 1993, CERAMIC REVIEW 144 Nov/Dec 1993.
Peter Lane, Off Centre - Gallery Blacklist, CERAMIC REVIEW 146 March/April 1994.
Peter Lane, The Ceramic Legacy of Anna Shepard, CERAMIC REVIEW 149 Sept/Oct 1994.
Peter Lane, Colour and Porcelain, CERAMIC REVIEW 152 March/April 1995.
Peter Lane, The Electric Kiln by Harry Fraser, CERAMIC REVIEW 155 Sept/Oct 1995.
Peter Lane, Pots with Presence, CERAMIC REVIEW 155 Sept/Oct 1995.
Peter Lane, Norwegian Ceramics, CERAMIC REVIEW 159 May/June 1996.
Peter Lane, A Quality of Stillness, CERAMIC REVIEW 161 Sept/Oct 1996.
Peter Lane, Architectural Ceramics, ARTISTS NEWSLETTER, January 1997.
Caroline Whyman, PETER LANE, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, University of Wales, 1997
KLEI (Dutch ceramics magazine - pp8/9) November 1997.
Peter Lane, John Berry- Exhibition, CERAMIC REVIEW 173 September/October 1998.
Peter Lane, Wheel Thrown Ceramics by Don Davis CERAMIC REVIEW 178 July/August 1999.
Peter Lane, Working with Clay by Susan Peterson, CERAMIC REVIEW 180 November/December 1999
Peter Lane, William Marshall - Exhibition CERAMIC REVIEW 180 November/December 1999.
Peter Lane, Surface Decoration for Low-Fire Ceramics by Lynn Peters, CERAMIC REVIEW 181 Jan/Feb 2000
WOODTURNING Magazine: “Design series” articles by Derek Hayes (2008)
Peter Lane, STUDIO PORCELAIN (Pitman House, London & Chilton, USA, 1980) later published by A&C Black, London
Peter Lane, STUDIO CERAMICS (Collins, London & Chilton, USA, 1983)
CERAMICS MANUAL by Graham Flight (Consultant editor, Peter Lane) (Collins, London, 1990)
Peter Lane, CONTEMPORARY PORCELAIN: Materials, Techniques and Expressions, A&C Black (London), Craftsman House (Australia), Chilton (USA) 1995.
Caroline Whyman, PORCELAIN, Batsford, (London) 1994.
Richard Zakin, ELECTRIC KILN CERAMICS, Chilton(USA) and A&C Black(London) 1994
Morgen Hall, THE POTTER'S PRIMER, Quarto Publishing (London) 1997
Peter Lane, CERAMIC FORM: Design & Decoration (revised, enlarged edition) A&C Black, London Rizzoli, New York; Craftsman House, Sydney) 1998.
Diane Creber, CRYSTALLINE GLAZES, A&C Black (London)1997.
Neil French, POTTER'S DIRECTORY OF SHAPE & FORM, Krause Publications 1998.
Jane Waller, COLOUR IN CLAY, The Crowood Press, 1998
Harry Fraser, GLAZES FOR THE CRAFT POTTER, A&C Black (London) 1999
Gill Bliss, The POTTER'S QUESTION AND ANSWER BOOK, A&C Black (London) 1999
Josie Warshaw, The COMPLETE PRACTICAL POTTER, Anness Publishing Ltd. (London) 1999
Eric Yates-Owen & Robert Fournier, BRITISH STUDIO POTTERS' MARKS, A&C Black (London) 1999 Susan Peterson, CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS, Laurence King; Thames & Hudson, 2000
Michael Hardy, HANDBUILDING; (A&C Black, London, 2000)
Peter Lane, Contemporary Studio Porcelain, Second Edition, November 2003, A&C Black
THE GLAZE BOOK by Stephen Murfitt, (Quarto Publishing) 2001
Carolyn Genders, SOURCES OF INSPIRATION (A&C Black, London, 2002)
Jack Doherty, PORCELAIN (A&C Black, London, 2002)
Susan Peterson, WORKING WITH CLAY, Prentice Hall (USA) & Laurence King (London) 2002
Matthias Ostermann, THE CERAMIC SURFACE, A&C Black, 2002
Peter Lane, CONTEMPORARY STUDIO PORCELAIN, A&C Black, 2003
Robin Hopper, MAKING MARKS: Discovering the Ceramic Surface, Krause Publications (USA) 2004
Susan Peterson, THE CRAFT & ART OF CLAY, Laurence King (London) 2004
Sasha Wardell, PORCELAIN and BONE CHINA, The Crowood Press 2004.
Bai Ming, WORLD FAMOUS CERAMIC ARTISTS’ STUDIOS, Herbei Fine Arts Publishing (China) 2005
Porzellan - Eine Renaissance exhibition cataologue. Saarlandisches Kunstlerhaus) 2005
The CERAMICS Book, edited by Emmanuel Cooper (2006 & 2008)
1980 't Atelier, Loenen am der Vecht, Holland
1981 Falcon House Gallery, Boxford, Suffolk.
1985 Museum of Art, Boise State University, USA
1986 Castle Museum, Norwich
1991 Candover Gallery, Alresford
1993 Beaux Arts, Bath
1995 Medici Gallery, London
1996 Beaux Arts, Bath; Contemporary Ceramics Gallery, London
1997 The Bank Gallery, Chobham, Surrey; Aberystwyth Arts Centre, University of Wales
1998 Wohnen und Kunst, Hamburg, Germany
1999 Derek Topp Gallery, Matlock; Bank Gallery, Chobham
2000 Terra Keramiek, Delft, Holland
Castle Museum, Norwich; Stoke-on-Trent City Museum & Art Gallery; City of Aberdeen Museum & Art Gallery; The Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City USA; Boise Museum of Fine Art, Idaho USA; The Smits Collection, Los Angeles USA; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; The Potters' Society of Australia, Sydney; Holmes A'Court Collection, Perth, Australia; The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario; Egner Collection, Germany; Inchon World Ceramic Center, Korea; The Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; Museum fur angewandte Kunst, Koln, Germany; Kolumba Museum, Koln, Germany; Design Museum, Ghent, Belgium; Arizona State University Art Museum, USA; The Allen Gallery, Alton; Hampshire County Museums, Leicestershire County Council; Norfolk County Council; Bedfordshire County Council; King Alfred's College, Winchester; etc.