Lauren has studied ceramics at the Dundas Valley School of Art in Dundas ON, has a BFA Majoring in Ceramics from NSCAD University in Halifax, NS, and studied in China with WVU Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute summer program. She was one of the Gardiner Museum’s Top 30 Under 30 emerging Canadian artists to have work showcased and auctioned at their annual 12 Trees Gala in Toronto, Ontario in 2014, and she had her first solo ceramics show at the Carnegie Gallery, in Dundas, Ontario, in May 2015, from winning Dundas Arts Weekend emerging artist competition. She has recently returned from participating in her first residency, Project Network Symposium at Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark.
Throwing and slab building are the main ways in which I have worked with clay. My thrown work tends to be symmetrical and graceful forms, while the slab built pieces tend to be architectural, and bold. Each technique seems to lend itself to certain qualities. I have recently been exploring ways of marrying these two methods of making in the same piece. What has transpired is a deepening of my curiosity in the combination of sculptural elements around a simple function. I also love the idea of performing a simple action, like eating breakfast, out of a unique sculptural object.
June, July 2017