“Chicken Saints” by Glynnis Lessing.

Explore animal patterns in upcoming ‘Anthropocene’ exhibition featuring the ceramics of Glynnis Lessing


Lanesboro Arts presents “Anthropocene,” an exhibition featuring artwork from ceramicist Glynnis Lessing. This show opens on August 22 and runs through October 18, 2020. This gallery exhibition will feature ceramic works by Glynnis Lessing, exploring the artist’s perspectives on how animals adapt to an environment altered by the human species during the Anthropocene geological age (defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “the period of time during which human activities have had an environmental impact on the Earth regarded as constituting a distinct geological age”). The ways in which animals adapt captivates Lessing’s imagination and sparks much of her work, such as how crows use traffic patterns to crack nuts and carpet beetles have evolved to camouflage themselves against rugs. Lessing’s fanciful imaginings become the subject of her functional pottery, focusing on the reciprocal relationships between humankind, animals, and the environment.

In regard to her artistic inspiration, Lessing explained, “… the surface decoration is often a reflection of my love of nature and the profound restorative power of being outside. I want to share the pleasure I take in noticing the pattern of leaves, how a bird balances on a reed, the silhouettes of trees just after sundown. These things will nourish just like the food that is served or made in my pots.”

COVID-19 Update: The health of visitors, staff, and volunteers is important to Lanesboro Arts. Taking this into account, the Lanesboro Arts Gallery is open to the public only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to ensure the continued health and safety of the community. Masks are required in the gallery.

About the artist

Glynnis Lessing is a Minnesota-based ceramicist, who holds a BFA degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She was introduced to the art of ceramics at the age of nine and learned to throw under the tutelage of a Japanese potter at Carleton College. Much of her works include sgraffito on thrown porcelain. Lessing began participating in various shows and art fairs on a full-time basis since 2008, as well as teaching at the Northern Clay Center since 2012. She spends her time crafting her artwork at her studio, which is located in her grandfather’s old milking parlor on an ancestral farm.


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