Lauren Joffe’s work is primarily concerned with exploring the aesthetics of the vessel form and she has a particular interest in the surfaces of her pieces. She makes both individual and related groups of vessels, each informing the next. She is interested in the Japanese aesthetic tradition and concept of beauty, specifically in the celebration of the natural and its defects. Her work expresses dualistic ideas: restraint and spontaneity, the accidental and the calculated, chaos and control.
She engages with traditional processes to discover new interpretations and possibilities and enjoys pushing the boundaries with techniques and materials. She hand builds and hand paints her ceramics and prefers to make simple forms and use a limited colour palette in order to explore form through lines, light and shade. The surfaces of her pieces are all hand painted and the act of mark making is a very slow and meditative process, with fluid marks applied to the surface in varying depths to create distinctive irregularities, textures and surface oxidization.
Whether working in clay, metal or glass, it seems the commonality is the process of the craft in which chance and spontaneity are instrumental to the outcome.
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