continued working in ceramics. At the same time,
she met her American husband, who persuaded her
to come to Texas. They eventually made their way to
Dallas, where she spent two years studying at SMU
under Peter Beasecker, a nationally recognized artist
himself. Through Beasecker, Waggoner attended a
workshop in Hong Kong. “I learned a lot from the
Chinese, because they are so exact,” she says.
In her early days, Waggoner made functional
ceramics, even providing the T Room at Forty Five
Ten with their dishes. However, at this point, she
would rather people enjoy her work aesthetically. Six
years ago, she met and began studying with Santa Fe-based artist Heidi Loewen, who is her other major
influence, both artistically and personally. “She’s
totally my mentor in many ways,” says Waggoner.
She began making the large pieces through Loewen,
explaining, “I had to center 20 pounds of clay on my
first day with Heidi. That’s how I started doing huge
platters and huge installations.” It was also the end of
the functional pottery. She continues to visit Loewen
in Santa Fe at least once a year.
Waggoner was then ready to follow a new path
with her work. She started knocking on the doors of
local galleries. Many, who view ceramics as a craft,
were not interested. But then she met JD Miller,
who, having worked in ceramics himself, gave her an
exhibition at his own gallery. “That is when I became
a gallery artist.” In the meantime, she is also passing
her skills onto another generation through the classes
she offers in her studio, as well as those she teaches at
the Zhen Music and Arts Institute.
For her exhibition at Laura Rathe, Waggoner will
have 10 installations. She also looks forward to a fall
exhibition in Rathe’s Houston gallery. And after that?
“My next step is to expand to galleries in New York or
London,” she says hopefully. Lucrecia Waggoner takes
part in Spring Eternal Apr. 5-May 10. laurarathe.com P
The ceramist describes her style as “minimalist and sleek.” Waggoner’s Monarch series is inspired by Monarch butterflies that nest in that sanctuary in
Michoacan and Valle de Bravo, Mexico.