Gloria Gilmore-House

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Artist Statement

My childhood playground, shared with four siblings, was 100 acres of Pennsylvania woods.  We had great fun building hide-outs, diverting streams, exploring mud, snow, ice, picking wild flowers, and collecting leaves, thoroughly immersed in nature.  Its textures and patterns continually resurface in my work.

As a college student, I was mesmerized by the history of art. This interest culminated in a doctorate on medieval stained glass, a decade working in art museums and finally the realization that my future happiness lay more in the making of art than in its study or administration. I am intrigued and inspired by ceramics from ancient cultures including the Near and Far East, Greece, Rome and our own Southwest.

I am fascinated by the feel of clay, in the hand, on the wheel, in the recycling bin and when glazed.  I challenge myself to push clay in new directions: waiting for the right moment of softness or stiffness to exploit its limits.  Once fired and frozen in time, I appreciate the nuances of each piece as a result of the capricious nature of firings whether with wood, soda, gas or electricity.

  Clay centers my life.  Whether hand built or wheel thrown, working with clay is a meditative process and a direct connection to those who have walked this earth before us.  I thrill to find an ancient pottery shard or medieval tankard that preserves its maker’s fingerprint as fresh today as the day the piece was fired.

Contact Information:

 Gilmore-HouseGloria_Portrait1440 45th Street
Los Alamos, NM 87544


My work can be seen at

Fuller Lodge Art Center
2132 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, NM 87544

Northern New Mexico Regional Art Center
NNMRAC, PO Box 1295, Espanola, NM 87532