Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Lauren Mabry is currently based in Philadelphia as full time resident artist at The Clay Studio. She received her BFA in ceramics from Kansas City Art Institute in 2007 and her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012. Her recent exhibitions include The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (KS), The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (NE), and the Milwaukee Art Museum (WI), among many others. In 2014 she received the Emerging Artist Award from the National Council on Education for Ceramic arts; within the year she also lectured at Harvard University and the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramic Research Center. Currently Mabry is traveling between Philadelphia and Arizona to produce industrially sized ceramic sculptures in collaboration with Mission Clay Products. The year 2015 begins with a solo show, Passages, at Belger Crane Yard Studios (MO), and will end with a two-month residency in China funded by a grant from the Independence Foundation.
"My sculptures and dimensional paintings are made of glazed ceramic; they're abstract, emotional objects wrought with bold, colorful marks. I am an intuitive risk-taker with a keen attraction to movement and material. I exploit the intrinsically perplexing nature of glaze; it is lively and seductive.
The clay forms I produce to paint on are elemental- cylinders and basic curves- allowing the highly pigmented glazes to clash and resound with a kind of musical timbre, flowing with movement, creating rich, hypnotic tones and textures.
I revel in the moments of uncertainty as I close and open kilns. Working with a calculated level of openness; I am aware of the transformative, capricious nature of ceramics."