The functional art of Toni Lawrence Ceramics WA

The functional art of Toni Lawrence Ceramics WA

A native Angeleno, artist Toni Lawrence's childhood years were in Rome, Italy, which, she says, provided the single-most important influence on her work. "The myths and fairy-tales that were read to me in Italian," recalls Lawrence, "are the basis for the recurring themes in my ceramics and watercolors today." Ms. Lawrence maintains her residence and art studio in Pe Ell, Washington state. "I started working in clay in the 1970's when my friend Herve Villechaize invited me to a pottery class where I learned to throw on a wheel. When my wheel at home broke, I started hand-building and fell in love with the organic feel of a cup; I never looked back! My work reflects a look into the past as well as to the future, and looking more gently into the nature of seeing. Sentimentality chipped to the core becomes a platform for more universal issues; my ceramic works are small universes where the persona of the 'Little Prince'...
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