Lou Mitchell Courtneys' classical art education was in painting and sculpting, concentrating on landscape and the human figure.  She graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a major in Visual Art and from U.N.C. Greensboro with a B.F.A. in design.  In Hawaii she painted miniature paintings on Mother of Pearl. She later spent seven years in the furniture industry, designing and building over 250 original sculptural prototypes for the companies Lane, Basset Glass, Thomasville (Four Corners Collection) and Casa Bique, among others.  During that time she was a member of the American Society of Furniture Designers. 
John King is a fine woodworker who understands construction materials and techniques, essential to the construction of large scale architectural ceramics and their installation.Together & individually, Lou Mitchell and John have created numerous custom Architectural Ceramics. ELEMENTS is  an award-winning design, fabrication and installation firm specializing in architectural ceramics including handmade sinks, murals, bar facings, fireplaces, fountains, sconces and original art tiles.
 In 2012 Lou Mitchell Courtney was chosen to create an outdoor sculpture for the city of Gulf Breeze Florida's 50th anniversary celebration. Titled 'Starlight', the 22 foot high stainless steel sculpture, is located at Woodland Park. Go to ArtforGulf Breeze.com website for more details.

AWARD of MERIT, Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival
Installation of Jubilee! sculpture at Home 2 Suites, Gulf Breeze, Florida

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, Ceramics, Art in the Park
Installation of STARLIGHT
AWARD of EXCELLENCE, Ceramics, Greater Gulf Coast Arts Festival
AWARD of MERIT, PMA Art in the Park
AWARD of EXCELLENCE, PMA Art in the Park show
Destin: Mattie Kelly Art Festival, Oct 30,31
Art in the Park;Pensacola;*AWARD of EXCELLENCE
Piedmont Craftsmens 'Its all in the Pattern' show
Participation in various shows
Gallery COCO; One person show; Pensacola, Fl
Artel, 'Alien Language';Pensacola,Fl
Piedmont Craftsmen; 45th anniversary retrospective & also the Figurative show;Winston-Salem,NC
Ohr Rising;George Ohr Museum, Biloxi,Miss 
Pensacola Museum of Art :Artists outreach program; by invitation
FIRST PLACE, Ceramics, Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts, 2006
Saltline Bienniel; Mobile Alabama
Eastern Shore Art Center; Clay Invitational;Fairhope, Alabama
Pensacola Museum of Art Members Show
Craft Art 2004 (Florida Craftsmen); St. Petersburg, Florida
Power Of Excellence retrospective show for Piedmont Craftsmen members exhibited at SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art); Winston-Salem,N.C.; by invitation
Wiregrass Museum; Dothan, Alabama