The largest bead in this lot measures .875 inches by almost 1.25 inches. These four beads were purchased from the Reform Gallery of Los Angeles, California for the Vasefinder Collection. None of the beads are marked with an incised signature. Per Vasefinder, Doyle Lane was born and reared in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1942, he graduated from McDonough 35 High School. Per the Lane Family, one of Doyle's earliest and most influential mentors was Myrtle R. Banks in high school, who was also the high school's principal. While in high school, Doyle wrote articles that were published in the Pittsburgh Courier. He received his undergraduate degree from Los Angeles City College in 1953, as well as he attended the University of Southern California in the mid-1950's, where he was a student of Vivika Heino and Carlton Ball. While living in East Los Angeles, Doyle Lane worked as a glaze chemist for L. H. Butcher Chemical. He also taught at a few small colleges in the Los Angeles area. He worked in several mediums and was a competent violinist. Most of the pots we have located are small in size with a low-fired red clay body and use of "cutting edge" glaze design. He also completed a series of works that are sometimes referred to as Clay Paintings, which are shown and discussed in the seminal reference Objects: USA, as well as an article published in the June, 1981, Studio Potter. In the 1950's, a small article entitled Speaking Pottery Lab Technician in Ebony was published, which detailed some of the Doyle's history, when he was just 33 years old. Per the University of Southern California, his work is held in the collections of the Oakland Museum, Temple BNAI David of Southfield, Michigan and Lutheran Nursing and Health Center of Alhambra, California, to just mention a few. Lastly, Vasefinder has a document from the artist's brother noting the birth year of the artist as 1923. Other sources show 1925. Doyle last lived in Los Angeles, California in 2002.