Lucy Breslin was born in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Technical Writing and later received a M.F.A. from Kent State University, where she met her husband, Mark Johnson. Between undergraduate and graduate degrees, she studied at Juniata College with Jack Troy.
After graduating from Kent State, she was awarded a year long residency at The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. The following year, she lived and traveled in Spain, having been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. While there she visited over 40 traditional potteries, some dating back several centuries.When not traveling to document the potters and pottery of Spain, she lived in a small village, Agost, near Alicante, and worked in an abandoned pottery at a kickwheel which positions the potter to the side of the wheel. She was befriended by Ilse Schutz, who set up a museum in the village to honor the history of the many potters who worked in Agost.
For the past twenty-five years, she has taught at The Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. During this time, she has seen many of her students go on to become successful artists. Also during these years, Lucy served on the advisory board of Studio Potter and the advisory board and full board of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. She has exhibited her work in over 150 juried and invitational exhibitions and 26 museums throughout the country. Her work has appeared in Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter, Clay Times, American Ceramics and American Craft, as well as other publications and many books, including The Best of Pottery, Smashing Glazes, Wheel-Thrown Ceramics, A Ceramic Continuum, 500 Bowls, 500 Plates and Chargers, 500 Vases, 500 Ceramics. In addition, Lucy has enjoyed being a visiting artist at schools and art centers across the country and has participated in numerous NCECA panels and demonstrations.