LaurenKarleCeramics

Using pottery to build community

Watrous, New Mexico | 2 Sales

LaurenKarleCeramics

Using pottery to build community

Watrous, New Mexico 2 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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My Love for Clay and Community

While earning my art education degree I took all my elective classes in ceramics. I love the freedom and physicality that clay provides – I can dig in or add on with no fear of “messing up” because it’s not permanent until it’s fired. After graduating I moved to Guatemala and taught middle school art. I went to Chinautla, a small pottery village outside Guatemala City, to buy clay for my students. I watched the woman prepare the clay by digging it from the riverbanks and mixing it with local sand. Clay is earth, and once fired I used to tell my students that their fingerprints would be recorded in the earth forever. I learned so much from looking at historical Mayan earthenware pots and shards. I love knowing that by making pots I am continuing a historical tradition and mixing it with contemporary culture – our food, traditions, and place. As my work evolved through the years I became more interested in how the objects I make can facilitate community and understanding. Through shared experiences, such as eating a meal together or sipping tea, people can find commonalities amongst their unique backgrounds.

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  • Lauren Karle

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    Potter. Social Artist. Teacher. Runner. Traveler. Tea, dog, and outdoors lover.

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