Katherine Lane was my student and a dear person who I hold close in my heart. She is symbol of a creative spirit, curious and everlasting.
Katherine was an undergraduate student in the BFA Ceramics Program when I was a new faculty member at UF. As she continued her education in the UF Ceramics MFA Program I served as her thesis supervisory Committee Chair.
Katherine had a keen mind and loved research. She was a sculptor who created social narratives based politics, and at times on her own life. She loved Asian art and decided to enter the PHD program in Chinese Art History at FSU after completing her MFA in Ceramics. Katherine studied Calligraphy with Sensei Shozo Sato. She painted, drew, sculpted, sewed, and created pottery. She was a creative soul indeed. In her later years she worked as a volunteer identifying and doing research on pieces of Asian art for the Harn Museum of Art.
I had the great pleasure of meeting Katherine's family this summer prior to their moving her to Washington state. At that time on behalf of Katherine they gave me ceramic tools, and a collection of figurines, and calligraphy brushes and books which I am using to teach UF Ceramics students. Katherine Lane was alive this semester as we discussed Chinese sculpture and calligraphy in my classes. Her memory lives on in UF Ceramics through the art forms that she held so dear!
To The Nichols Family - Nan Smith and the UF Ceramics community send their sincere condolences!
Professor + Sculptor
University of Florida Ceramics Program
School of Art + Art History
101 Fine Arts Building C
P.O. Box 115801
Gainesville, Florida 32611