Lauren Kearns Porcelain
Bowl
Lauren Kearns
Tea Bowl

AboutAbout

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Lauren received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, and an MFA in Ceramics at the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. She studied with Ken Ferguson, Victor Babu and George Kokis. She went on to a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT.

Lauren's passion for ceramics has been developed and expressed through her work in porcelain. She is currently living and working in France. Her current project will be to establish a residency program, called International Artists Residency Exchange. It will be located in Frejus, France. The current work is in Limoges porcelain and a Spanish black clay. The past year of 2017 has been inspired by the lotus plants and pods. She has worked on sculptural forms and printmaking techniques.

Lauren has worked in a variety of capacities in the ceramic and art field. She has taught ceramics, drawing at the university level, as well as being a studio artist in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Puget Sound area, Carbondale, and Loveland CO. As the Executive Director for the Carbondale Cay Center 2004-2009, the primary focus was outreach to the communities to increase the visibility and offerings to the Roaring Fork Valley. She also worked extensively in continuing education in Santa Barbara, CA, and in Cheyenne, WY. She has been a teacher and mentor to a wide variety of students at all ages, skill levels, and settings. She is mentor through the Potters Council

Her work has appeared in a number of well-known galleries around the country including: the Holter Art Museum in Helena, Montana, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, and the Northwest Craft Center, Seattle, WA and the NCECA International Teapot Exhibit in Xixang, China. In 2016 she won an award as "Colorado's Best Artist" form the Arts Students League "delecTable:the Fine Art of Dining" Exhibition in Denver. In recent years she won some awards: Tabletop – The Art League, Alexandria, VA – Honorable Mention, Out of Round, Arvada Ceramic Arts Guild, Arvada, CO, 3rd place award, and Uncommon Clay, Muse Gallery, Longmont, CO, 1st Place Award. Lauren's work has also been featured in 500 Pitchers, and 500 Teapots, both published by Lark Books. The most recent publication is in American Artwork 2018.

A residency program in Vallauris, France in 2016, inspired her to open an additional program, as she was not the only artist who wanted to stay and work in the area. After receiving a 1year visa, she returned to France to explore the possibilities of staying. She applied for, and received, a 4year visa which will allow her to start this project with the intention of opening in the fall of 2018.

Organizations

  • Potters Council Mentor
  • NCECA