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Laura Nave Ceramics
March 30, 2018 - April 20, 2018
Final Friday, March 30th 5:30 – 9:00
Laura Nave grew up in Kingsville TX, where her parents own and run a sawmill and woodworking business. She has traveled to parts of Europe, North and South America, and her travels inform the designs of her work and research in the history of craft and the decorative arts. Laura received her BFA in ceramics from University of North Texas in May 2014. She is currently pursuing her MFA degree at Wichita State University with plans to graduate May 2018.
“This body of work brings my personal experience and observations of growing up in South Texas into the narrative structures of functional pottery. Parts of plants and animals such as the pattern on a grasshopper’s leg and the markings and form of a nilgai ear are reinterpreted into functional pottery. These ecological and domestic narratives I create express my desire to understand my relationship to the places in which I live.
My works’ roots in functional craft influence how the narratives in these pots are read. For example, smaller, intimate objects such as cups are re-imagined as small critters that are brought close to the face, while larger forms such as candelabras become entire trees. Playful surfaces and loose forms reflect my childlike energy and wonder when exploring outdoors and in my studio. I bring my close observations of the outdoors into the home with the hope that through living with these pots the user is inspired to find humor and wonder in their own environments.”
Show runs through April 20th