Sewing Clay with Lauren Karle

If you ever find yourself in a rut in the studio, making the same forms over and over again and you are not sure how to get out, we have your antidote right here! In this video, Lauren Karle will help you discover new forms and ways to decorate them through play and experimentation.

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Lauren Karle

About the Artist

Lauren Karle earned her BA in K-12 Art Education from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. After teaching middle school art in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Lauren was a post-baccalaureate student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for two years before completing her MFA in ceramics at Kansas State University in 2014. In 2015, she was awarded the Betty Woodman Prize and participated in the Future of Food thematic as an Artist-in-Residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She has written for Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics Technical. To learn more about Lauren and see more images of her work, please visit

  • I may have missed it, but what is the glaze and firing treatment to finish the pieces? Is it bisque fired and then just a clear glaze for the second firing? This video was very inspirational and I can’t wait to try this technique!

  • Kathleen M.

    I loved the video. Lauren’s instruction is clear and backed up with examples. The only issue I noted was in the video. It appears that a filter with small checkerboard is used over some demonstrations making it difficult to see the details of what Lauren is doing.

  • isabel m.

    Very inspiring Lauren! It really made me much more awake for integrating form and pattern together … it gave me a whole new way to approach my work! thanks 🙂

  • Is Lauren using a photocopy or a computer print (inkjet) for her black and white resist sheets? I can’t seem to see it listed anywhere

  • Chapter 2 does not contain any information on Slip Transfer Mats or how she makes them. It appears some material is missing.

    • Hi Susan, sorry for the confusion. We had abbreviated the title to “Slip Transfer Mats,” when the real title is “Slip Transfer Materials.”

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