photograph by Sylvain Deleu

photograph by Sylvain Deleu

STATEMENT

My work explores the boundaries within clay through experimental processes. I start with the industrial method of plaster moulds and slip-casting; however, I don't always use these in traditional ways. With my current project Lines, I use metal as an aesthetic reference and material contrast. An additive method is used to create pieces with minimal amounts of clay. This body of work became an engaging display of how clay moves in the kiln. The suggestions of vessels start out as straight cages of wet clay and through the power of the kilns heat and the pyroplasticity of the clay, they move like fabric to evolve into a wire-like sculpture that still holds the materiality of porcelain. Due to this process, the final form of each piece stems from minute details in the making, but mostly depends on chance.


BIOGRAPHY

Lauren Nauman graduated from the Royal College of Art with a Masters in Ceramics & Glass in 2016. During this time she was selected for the RJ Washington Bursary and Woo Scholarship. She also designed tableware for the Tate Modern’s new building, Switch House.

After graduation, she participated in multiple shows during London Design Festival 2016, exhibited at COLLECT 2017 with Flow Gallery and at Ceramic Art London 2017 where she was awarded the Newcomer Award.

Prior to this, she completed a BA in Art Education at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA, USA, and developed a practice which involved exhibiting her work and undertaking a residency at Guldagergaard, the International Ceramic Research Centre. 

Nauman has since exhibited at NCECA in America and One Year On at New Designers and Young Masters Art Prize Exhibition in London. She will show at Decorex International with Future Heritage and the Crafts Council's A Future Made: The Miami Edit, Miami, USA in the coming months. 


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EDUCATION

2014-16 M.A. Ceramics and Glass, Royal College of Art London, UK

2008-12 B.A. Studio Art and Art Education, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, USA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017

Young Masters, Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London, UK

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Autumn, with Lisa Norris Gallery, Battersea Evolution, London, UK

Future Heritage, Decorex International, Syon Park, London, UK

Young Masters Art Prize Shortlist Exhibition 2017, Gallery 8, Duke Street, London, UK

One Year On, New Designers, Business Design Centre, London, UK

Rising Stars, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey, UK

Potters Council Juried Show at NCECA, Portland, Oregon, USA

Ceramic Art London, Central Saint Martins, London, UK

Collect with Flow Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2016

Showcase at Flow Gallery, Needham Road, London, UK

Talent! 2016, Craft Central, London, UK

White Canvas, Mint, London, UK

Transform Effect, Korea Craft & Design Foundation Insa-dong, Seoul, South Korea

Sculpture at Doddington Hall, Doddington, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK

Show16 Royal College of Art, London, UK

In Context, Preston Fitzgerald’s, 7 Wetherby Gardens , London, UK

The Emerging and the Established Christie's South Kensington, London, UK

AWARDS

2017 Highly Commended, Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize

John Lewis LOVES, New Designers

Ceramic Art London’s Newcomer Winner by Ceramic Review

2016 R J Washington Bursary 

Tate Modern’s Switch House, finalist in tableware competition

2015 Woo Scholarship, RCA Ceramics & Glass

COLLECTIONS

Doddington Hall, Ceramic collection, Acquired 2016, Doddington, Lincolnshire, UK

Korea Ceramic Design Association, Acquired 2016, Seoul, South Korea

RESIDENCIES

2017 Collective Matter, Sugarhouse Studios, London, UK

2014 Project Network, Guldagergaard, Denmark