Lauren Nauman


Lauren Nauman graduated from the Royal College of Art with a Masters in Ceramics & Glass in 2016. During this time she was selected for the RJ Washington Bursary and Woo Scholarship. She also designed tableware for the Tate Modern’s new building, Switch House. After graduation, she participated in multiple shows during London Design Festival 2016, exhibited at COLLECT 2017 with Flow Gallery and at Ceramic Art London 2017 where she was awarded the Newcomer Award.
Prior to this, she completed a BA in Art Education at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA, USA, and developed a practice which involved exhibiting her work and undertaking a residency at Guldagergaard, the International Ceramic Research Centre. Nauman has since exhibited at NCECA in America, One Year On at New Designers and Young Masters Art Prize Exhibition in London. Decorex International with Future Heritage and the Crafts Council’s A Future Made: The Miami Edit, Miami, USA. My work explores the boundaries within clay through experimental processes. I start with the industrial method of plaster moulds and slip-casting; however, I don’t always use these in traditional ways. With my current project Lines, I use metal as an aesthetic reference and material contrast. An additive method is used to create pieces with minimal amounts of clay. This body of work became an engaging display of how clay moves in the kiln. The suggestions of vessels start out as straight cages of wet clay and through the power of the kilns 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.

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