Lucien M. Koonce was born in the North Carolina town of Greenville (Pitt County) and attended undergraduate school at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Studying Ceramics under Art Haney (MFA, Alfred University) and Charles Chamberlain (MFA, Alfred University), he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978.
His graduate Ceramics studies were at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Under the instruction of Chuck Hindes (MFA, Rhode Island School of Design) and Bunny McBride (MFA, Alfred University), he received a Master of Arts degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree. This three year combined degree program was completed in 1981. His MFA thesis was entitled, Technicalities and Aesthetics of Clay Extrusion for the Artist/Potter.
Lucien's pottery is included in many private collections in the USA, as well as in Belgium, UK, and Australia. His work is in public collections such as the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; Seagrove Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC; University of Iowa School of Art, Iowa City, IA, and Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA.