Laura Brzozowski’s work space is filled with tools for all kinds of sculptural and two-dimensional making.  Cluttered with collections of various ceramic and multimedia works in progress, Laur experiments in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, printing, metal, and woodworking.  Exploring materials since she was very young she has moved towards working primarily in clay having fallen in love with its responsive nature and infinite possibilities.  Malleable, liquid, solid, smooth, grainy, wet, dry, glossy, matte, worthless, useful, of the earth, through the fire, the metaphoric implications are endless.  The tactile pleasure of handling clay at any and every stage through which it passes is not so bad either.Clay is a lump on the ground, it is a masterwork in the Louvre.  Perhaps most clay makers fall somewhere in that humble and equally miraculous in-between maybe just creating a simple object of clean and attractive design that serves the most basic function of carrying fluid to our lips, containing our daily bread, serving.  Building from life experiences and observations layered with whimsical animal and human metaphors Laura’s work manifests in a myriad of ways from those simple functional pieces, some with charming drawings, to varieties of sculptural forms.

Clay is a lump on the ground, it is a masterwork in the Louvre.  Perhaps most clay makers fall somewhere in that humble and equally miraculous in-between maybe just creating a simple object of clean and attractive design that serves the most basic function of carrying fluid to our lips, containing our daily bread, serving.  Building from life experiences and observations layered with whimsical animal and human metaphors Laura’s work manifests in a myriad of ways from those simple functional pieces, some with charming drawings, to varieties of sculptural forms.

One might find it difficult to distinguish Laura’s pieces as a single body of work, as moving in and out of techniques and ideas is a large part of her process.   An experiment with surfaces at one point might transition into sculpting from live models at another.  Having worked and studied in the visual arts her entire life, Laura collects techniques and takes risks to fulfill the need to give shape and life to whatever thought or idea takes hold.

Playing with materials, shapes, lines, and forms has been a lifelong exploration from growing up in Reading, Pennsylvania through to her degrees in Fine Arts in ceramics and in Art Education from Penn State University.  Laura has also spent time as a resident artist at The Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine and at the Lawrence Arts Center, in Lawrence, Kansas.  She has continued her education attending local workshops here in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico and regularly learns from her peers and fellow clay workers expecting to spend the rest of her days experimenting in clay and other materials.

After meeting on the ski slopes and bonding during the many long and intense wood firings they participated in together over ten plus years, in the fall of 2016 Laura partnered with fellow potter and ceramic artist Lilli Steinlicht to open Clay Mavens Studio and Gallery in the heart of Taos, New Mexico, a long time artist community.  The intimate space hosts both artists’ studios featuring their work in the small gallery settting.  With two electric kilns, work tables, and a wheel on site, the location just off the Taos Plaza makes for a great space to showcase the Clay Mavens’ methods and finished work.  One never knows what you might find at Clay Mavens Gallery in Taos, so pop in when you’re in the neighborhood and say hello!