Something I so enjoy about running this blog is seeing a medium or craft interpreted in drastically different ways by each different artist. I follow several different ceramics shops, each with their own unique style, but Lauren Sumner Pottery has stood out again and again, which is why I’m so tickled that I had the chance to interview her about her beautiful ceramics.
Lauren and ceramics have a history that goes back twenty years, though it was only in 2011 that she opened her Etsy shop. In 2015, Lauren took the plunge to run her ceramics business full-time, and has been creating like crazy ever since. Her origins as a graphic designer definitely translate in the polish and precision of her work–another feature that makes her ceramics stand out.
Like any artist, Lauren had to experiment with different techniques, shapes, and ideas in order to find her own recognizable style. Early on, she developed the idea for her Montsera leaf bowl–a signature that has stayed in the shop ever since and has set the tone for much of her work. Lauren’s technique is time consuming in order to produce this stunning piece; by using a real Montsera leaf, Lauren molds her clay into a bowl shape and painstakingly carves out the unique leaf details.
The eye-popping glazes Lauren uses are as distinctive as her unique shapes. Drawn towards deep greens, teals, and aquas, Lauren’s work definitely promotes a serene, almost tropical feel. You won’t find anything plain-Jane at Lauren Sumner Pottery–along with her bright colors, Lauren is drawn toward fun details, such as her cat-shaped ring dishes or lace-patterned bowls and wall hangings.
When asked what her favorite piece is, Lauren had a true artist’s answer: “Whatever is newest!” I love that answer, because I think it expresses the universal passion of a creative: we are always enamored by whatever is new, fresh, and expressive. For Lauren, this means that she is particularly excited by the ceramic necklaces new to her shop.
Follow Lauren on Instagram and Facebook, and be sure to also check out her website and Etsy shop. Whether you’re looking for a wall hanging, dish, or necklace, Lauren will definitely have something unique, beautiful, and stylish to offer.