American Ceramic Artist
Lawrence, born in Corpus Christi, Texas, is a ceramic artist living
and working in San Diego, California. He has become known for his
work with screenprinting decals and his sculptural
teapots. He is represented in over 20 public collections.
Bringing decals into the grasp of the everyday potter, Lawrence
also developed a technique by which black and white decals could
be made simply by laser printing on to decal paper. Lawrence has
further shared his knowledge by instigating the International
Museum of Print and Clay, where you will find information
on screenprinting decals and other methods of printing on clay.
Closet Workshop is an interesting account of Lawrence's
visit to the Swedish Gustavsberg Porcelain Factory. It includes
links to many Scandinavian artist's pages.
Besides this novel approach to decal making, Lawrence's work acquires
an integrity through its precision and social commentary. From Lawrence's
web site: "My work is about the physical process of making
things. They are vessels in subject but not functional. I think
of them as sculpture, photography, and printmaking combined. I am
asked about the meanings behind the images. They are a narrative
that is an emotional statement first and an intellectual statement
Currently, Lawrence is Professor at the Ceramics Department of
More of Lawrence's work can be found at his web site, http://www.leslawrence.com/.
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