Fanciful teapots: Artist Laura Peery

Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 11:23am
Tammy Vitale

Laura Peery is on her third Artomatic. “I love the complex mix of artists of all stripes, music, dance, carpentry (how it all comes together), electric wizardry and sheer bravado that is Artomatic. It amazes me that there are so many artists in DC, all coming together here. I feel less isolated by participating.”

This Artomatic, Laura is showing a series of teapots (at right, Care and Keeping), a subject she has been concentrating on for “years now.” They are slab-built porcelain with added mixed media. First she makes a shell of the finished piece, then adds layers of textured clay, then adds all the extras: clay and other media. Recently she has become interested in incorporating text into her work.

Laura says that she has been making art since she was a child, through school, art school, grad school and 30 years of working professionally in the arts.

“When I began working I was intrigued by how clay resembled fabric, and I made clay pieces in a trompe l’oeil (“fool the eye”) style. Later I wanted to voice concerns through my work about ‘women’s work’ and how that work fit into the accepted system of art-making along with concerns about what is accepted as art in our culture.

“Right now I am inspired by the pottery from Africa and other ancient civilizations. I love the idea that we know little about the makers of this art and that at the time it was not considered art at all but simply containers for carrying water or other necessities. Now these pieces sit on pedestals, under excellent lights, in museums.”

Laura’s work is on display on the 10th floor, Room 157 3D. She can be found online here.

The full interview with Laura Peery is available at my blog.