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I am a Toronto based ceramic artist first studying at Sheridan College then completing my undergraduate studies at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

I do not define my work by typical standards of sculpture or functionality. Rather, it is a genre that explores the materiality and sensuality of my particular media (clay), containing a powerful recitation of nature and biology. The inspiration for my work comes from the natural world, specifically geological formations and rock-like textures.  I am particularly interested in the surfaces of moss, lichens and algae; surfaces that have become blemished and worn over time, exposing sediment, the past and growth.

I see my current work as particularized studies, dug up from the earth or sea. The objects feel like unearthed relics or remains; the surviving traces that speak of our past.

Lauren Blakey portrait