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Art & Life with Lauren Pedersen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Pedersen.

Lauren, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I decided I wanted to open up a ceramics studio for a handful of reasons but most importantly I wanted to feel like I was spending my life doing something I cared about, that I could put my all in too. I spent a lot of my teen years confused, trying to figure out what the deal was with life. We grow older and add on responsibility after responsibility, but when do we have fun, love, learn and see new exciting things? Waking up every day to go to a job that you do solely to fund your life is a necessity for most people in this world. I struggled with the fact that most aren’t taking the time to enjoy moments of focus on the little things. I wanted to enjoy my life and that is what I saw I could help people with. Sharing the world of ceramics with so many new people the past few years has been a beautiful experience. I see folks with a burnt outlook in their eyes spark something new inside when they play with clay for the first time. They may not walk away having made a masterpiece but they almost always walk away with a feeling of joy and excitement to learn more. For me, it’s the moments of calm and clarity in between the days of spreading the ceramic love that I get to work on my own pieces.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
The pieces I make tend to be more on the loose organic side. I want people to know that a pair of hands made these forms. There is someone behind nearly every object we come encounter with on a daily basis. I’d like to encourage people to stop and think just for a moment about the object in their hands, and the state of it at one point in time being a work in progress. I think once more thought is put towards objects, people may start to appreciate them more. Giving people an opportunity to think about waste, disposable objects and how they contribute to that in our world is something I strive for with my work.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Well, for me, that is quite the opposite. Being in a shared studio space I find myself to rarely be alone. Sometimes, I do wish I could work in peace. I would say if you work from home or out of a private studio, then joining or starting a club for likeminded people is a great way to break up the everyday grind. I have a painter friend who was recently expressed to me how she felt stagnant in her work, she missed the art school lifestyle of shared studios and critiques. So, she made an effort to reach out to a few local painters to get together for a critiquing coffee date. There’s always a way to connect, sometimes it just might take you to be the one to put yourself out there.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Most of my work is sold at local shops, our favorite being Daydream Surf + Coffee Shop. Becca, owner and cool gal extraordinaire, is amazing at sourcing cool ceramics, vintage and gift items for their retail area. I highly recommend stopping by if you’re ever in the area. We are so excited to announce that we have been working very hard to get our online shop up and running by the holidays! So very soon, we will have a whole retail section added to our website (costamesaceramics.com). You will be able to shop lots of rad everyday ceramic object as well as a few funky things thrown in here n there. We will also offer local pick up here at the studio for those nearby!

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Image Credit:
Jach Cole, @jachcole, jachcole.com

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1 Comment

  1. Nancy Pedersen

    October 3, 2019 at 22:51

    This is a great article about Lauren Pedersen and her studio. The photos were very interesting also. So nice to see small businesses given exposure and advertising.

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