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 Glen William Lukens  (1887 - 1967)

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Lived/Active: California/Missouri      Known for: ceramics-pottery, bowls, glassware

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A Missouri-born ceramist, jewelry designer, and glassmaker, Glen Lukens "helped change the way we see and interpret ceramics today" (Thompson).  He is also known for "his landmark innovations in glazes"(Greenbaum) and for his contributions to modernist jewelry.

Glen Lukens moved to California in 1925 and settled in Los Angeles.   At the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in the 1930s, he was a teacher of ceramics, metalwork and jewelry making, and his course "Jewelry Design and Making" had a lasting impact on the modernist jewelry first produced in Los Angeles and then elsewhere including through Sam Kramer, who became a famous innovative New York jeweler. 

Lukens also spent fifteen years as a writer and illustrator for the magazine Popular Ceramics.  He was a member of the Art Teachers Association of Southern California.

Lukens was active at a time period in America when ceramics served almost exclusively purposes of decoration and function.  He was unique because he regarded ceramics as an expressive art form and boldly "married bright colors to raw surfaces.  His innovations were a boon to the California dinnerware industry of the 1930s. "(Thompson)  He also applied the same principles to glassware, focusing on color and unique design.


Greig Thompson, Feeling, Thought and Spirit: The Ceramic Works of Glen Lukens.  (Review of book,

Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940

Toni Greenbaum, "Modernist Jewelers in Los Angeles", Metalsmith Magazine,  Winter 2002 (

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