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...(Scroll down for more.)

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Runtime: 2 hours 20 minutes

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…discover new forms and ways to decorate them through play and experimentation.

Personalize your Patterning!

IMG_3451Creating your own patterns from imagery that is meaningful to you is a great way to make your work unique and personal to you. So before getting her hands dirty, Lauren presents a crash course in image and pattern generation. From simple texture rubbings to photographs, Lauren presents several sources of imagery that are easy to acquire or create. Then she explains how to transform them into black and white laser-printable designs in Photoshop. These laser prints are then used in a slip transfer process to get the designs onto your work.

Personalize your Pots!

sill_kraftpaperOnce your patterns are personalized, putting them on a form that is uniquely developed by you makes your work even more your own. In the next chapter, Lauren shows how to use craft paper, scissors, and tape to develop new forms. Once you create a paper form you like, you can try it out in clay. When you are satisfied with the clay form, you can make tar paper templates so the form can be repeated again and again! You’ll discover that the options are virtually endless and the slightest change can result in a completely different form.

Putting it all together

IMG_3479After a thorough explanation of the different materials used in her process, Lauren demonstrates various ways to layer surface patterns using your laser printouts and slips, underglazes, and washes on four different forms—a mug, two types of plates, and a milkshake glass. If you have ever worked with image transfer on pottery, you know that one of the biggest challenges is transferring pattern onto a three dimensional form from a two-dimensional pattern. Lauren applies patterns to her work before she begins handbuilding, making it much easier to get all-over pattern. Learning Lauren’s simple darting and slab building methods will help you solve the “flat-to-round issue” once and for all!

Bonus Features

IMG_3469As if this presentation wasn’t chock full of useful information already, bonus features include a video on color theory and how it affects form, as well as Lauren’s slip, clay, and glaze recipes.
Learn all of this and more with this thorough, inspirational, and easy-to-follow presentation!

About the Artist

IMG_3488Lauren 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

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