Larry Manning has been an artist and art instructor for over 50 years. He began his art career at Pensacola Junior College where he studied with Carl Duke and Bill Clover. Larry transferred to Florida State University where he majored in painting with Karl Zerbe. After completing his master’s degree, he moved to Pensacola where he taught at the University of West Florida.
Larry began to work in clay sculpture and continued to paint in oils. Later he went back to continue his studies at the University of Mississippi and received his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in ceramics. He worked with NEH artist-in-schools for a year in Mississipppi before moving to Alabama where he became department head at Jefferson Davis College for 27 years. During this tenure he studied at Cornell University and spent a summer in Cortona, Italy with the University of Georgia. He also spent a summer at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. He has studies with Mr. Fujita and Mr. Shimizu of Japan, and Mr. Oh of Korea.
After retiring from Jefferson Davis College, he has been an adjunct at Pensacola State College for 15 years teaching ceramics and two-dimensional designs, art history and art for the non-art major.
35 years ago, Larry founded the Alabama Clay Conference with continues growing. He and his wife Diane have owned and operated The Magic Kiln Pottery in Pace, Florida for the last 16 years. He continues to paint and make pottery of stoneware, porcelain and Raku fired in both reduction and wood fire kilns.
Larry is an active lecturer, art judge, and full-time artist. His work is shown nationally and owned by collectors all over the world.
Note From Our President: In celebration of Larry’s 50th Anniversary as an artist, he has given us a beautiful collection of pottery created throughout his career along with new, narrative paintings that tell stories of art history and our present circumstances as a nation. The best part is they are all priced 50% off! Larry lovingly refers to it as “1970’s Prices”! There isn’t a long standing artist in this community that hasn’t been inspired by Larry Manning. This is a true honor for us to host him in our vault!