Robin Lucas Wheeler was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She earned her Associate of the Arts at Harrisburg Area Community College, where she continues to study the art of Ceramics. In the spring of 2014, together with her husband James, a photographer, she founded Wheel of Light Studio. Robin and James are also charter members of the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.
Robin has participated in a traditional Anagama kiln firing together with wood fire pioneer Jack Troy. In addition to wood fired and Raku pottery, her work focuses primarily on functional pottery with a very creative flair. She lives in Halifax, Pennsylvania, with James and their children, who are a constant source for inspiration.
Her work has been exhibited in
- Harrisburg Gallery Walk in the Fenetre Gallery Lobby of HACC’s Midtown Campus, 2013
- Student Honors Art Exhibition in HACC’s Rose Lehrman Arts Gallery in 2013, 2014 and 2015
- Historic Harrisburg Association, 2014
- PA Guild of Craftsmen Art of the Susquehanna Valley Chapter, Lancaster PA, 2015
- Gallery on the Square Expressions of Freedom Exhibit, Millersburg PA, 2015
Clay forms a bridge that spans time, becomes a portal to the mystic. While learning traditional practices for crafting functional pottery one touches history. When experimenting with new techniques for shaping clay one looks to the future. Pottery is a craft where the four Earth elements coalesce and something magical happens. Soft earth combines with water to be guided and shaped before air and fire transform it.
Pottery is my key to the secret garden, a path to that Zen space where all is centered. Starting with basic functional pottery, exploring the art of porcelain, making functional as well as creative vessels, the work merges tradition with contemporary design. Stoneware combines useful forms and fanciful accents to become pieces that add a special touch to everyday life. It has been fashioned by hand, tooled, etched, textured or smoothed to create art that is useful. Our everyday activities can be enriched by the vibrancy and substance born of fire that is pottery.
Ceramics strive to bring beauty and light to a world of utilitarian objects. The human soul craves beauty which can transform the mundane into the extraordinary by giving it an outlet through which to express joy.