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Studying under Ken Ferguson and Victor Babu, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1970. Soon after I built my studio, kilns and established Lauer Pottery. My pottery has changed dramatically over the 40 years, but always using stoneware clay and firing in the cone 9 to 11 heat range. At present I'm in a cone 9 bright color evolution. I’m using the pots basically as paper, for watercolor like paintings, that I brush and splatter with mixtures of oxides colorants over a clear glaze. I like working with the positive and negative spaces in the painting designs. I then use copper fuming (red blushes of color in gray areas) that is created in the reduction atmosphere in the kiln. This migration of red blushing into the negative gray spaces gives the splashes of colors depth. The glaze colors applied to the rims of jars, bowls, and trays act as picture frames to contain the…

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  • Born on January 9
  • Joined November 7, 2010

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Studying under Ken Ferguson and Victor Babu, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1970. Soon after I built my studio, kilns and established Lauer Pottery. My pottery has changed dramatically over the 40 years, but always using stoneware clay and firing in the cone 9 to 11 heat range. At present I'm in a cone 9 bright color evolution. I’m using the pots basically as paper, for watercolor like paintings, that I brush and splatter with mixtures of oxides colorants over a clear glaze. I like working with the positive and negative spaces in the painting designs. I then use copper fuming (red blushes of color in gray areas) that is created in the reduction atmosphere in the kiln. This migration of red blushing into the negative gray spaces gives the splashes of colors depth. The glaze colors applied to the rims of jars, bowls, and trays act as picture frames to contain the painting. I love the spontaneity in the splashes of color. This, in coordination with the reduction atmosphere in the kiln, gives me rainbows of color that are always a joy when opening a kiln.
Through all the years my pots have remained very functional. I thoroughly enjoy making functional pots and constantly try to make them more functional friendly. I work alone so I am limited in the amount of work that can be produced, but this allows me to keep the quality of my work high. After putting many hours of work in the studio, I enjoy escaping to the art fairs and meeting old and new customers. The reaction of the customers to my ware reenergizes the mind and body, making it much easier to return to the hard work waiting in the studio.
If you do by any of my work I hope it gives you many years of joy and service.

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