Lauren Nauman’s work explores the boundaries within clay through experimental processes. The work starts with the industrial methods of slip-casting in plaster moulds, used in non-traditional ways. An Additive method creates pieces with minimal amounts of clay. The suggestions of vessels start out as straight cages of wet clay and through the power of the kiln’s heat and the pyroplasticity of the clay, they move like fabric to evolve into a wire-like sculpture that still holds the materiality of porcelain. Due to this process, the final form of each piece stems from minute details in the making, but mostly depends on chance.
Nauman holds an MA in ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art, London, and a BA in Studio Art and Art Education from Emmanuel College, Boston. She has exhibited at NCECA, Oregon, USA; Collect, London, UK; and Korea Craft & Design Foundation Insa-dong, Seoul, Korea. She undertook the Project network Residency at Guldagergaard, Denmar, in 2014, recieved the Woo Scholarship in 2015, the Newcomer Award at Ceramic ArtLondon in 2017, and has work held in the Doddington Hall Ceramic Collection.
Featured image: Lauren Nauman, Lines, large white with brass, medium striped, small black, 2017, porcelain and brass, various sizes, photography courtesy Sylvain Deleu.