Lauren Kearns, 
Kearns Porcelain,
Saint Raphael, France



Artist Statement:
Trained within the North American studio pottery tradition, I have a deep respect for the discipline of working, and quest for ergonomically sound forms. My aim in creating is to create objects that are enjoyed in daily life.

Studio Description:I founded an artists residency program, and the studio is equipped with wheels and a kiln, as all hand work is done on a table. It is a fully equipped ceramic studio.

What type of clay do you use?   Porcelain and a spanish black clay.

What temperature do you fire to?

What is your primary forming method?   Wheel or hand building.

What is your favorite surface treatment?
Use of underglazes or carving.

Do you make any of your own tools?   No.

What one word would you use to describe your work?   Feminine.

What is your favorite thing about your studio?
The light.

What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
A flexible metal rib.

What are your top three studio wishes?   More time to test. Wood kiln. Gas kiln.

What’s on your current reading list?   Cookbooks.

How do you save money on materials and supplies?   I recycle my clay.

How do you recharge creatively?
Dance or physical exercise, and go out in nature and the beach.

What did your first piece look like?   It was made in high school and it was very heavy.

Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?   Ian Byers.

What is your studio playlist?
Dance music contemporary.

Why do you create art?   Because I have to. It is an inner drive to constantly create.

What is your best studio tip?   Stay focused. Leave and take a break when overly frustrated.

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