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Meet Lauren Johnson of LJ Ceramics in Los Feliz

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

Lauren, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in Minnesota and moved to Chicago when I was 18, which is where I signed with Ford Models. I worked in Chicago for a few years and then moved to Los Angeles, it has been nine years! My grandmother was a teacher and an artist, and her mediums were clay and acrylic paint. When I was young my siblings and I would go to her house and were expected to do something artistic, write, paint, sculpt, or go outside.

I remember being impatient when I realized that there were multiple steps in the process to creating a finished ceramic piece. Of course, once I saw the finished piece, I fell in love with ceramics. She passed years ago, but I feel I have come back to what connects me most with her, ceramics.

Has it been a smooth road?
The struggle is letting my passion lead me instead of being deterred by things like cost, dedication of time that it takes to hone in on the clays, glazes, and structural designs that resonate with me most. There are also practical struggles such as selecting the right kiln and wheel that are right for my home studio space. It wasn’t until I was exploring this as an adult that I learned the science and safety when creating ceramics is so vast, which took some time to learn. P.s, I am still learning.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with LJ Ceramics – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I am a ceramic artist who specializes in functional art that can be used and appreciated in everyday life. I specialize in bowls, ashtrays, mugs, sage holders, planters. I think what sets me apart from others is that I don’t put any artistic boundaries around potential pieces I will create. I also pride myself on getting as much personal information from the buyer, color preference/design so I can ensure I will create a piece that will be enjoyed.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the different variations in nature and landscape, it is where I get a lot of inspiration. I love the diversity of people, perspectives, and expressions of various cultures in LA, and you can find places here where all ways of being are embraced. However, my family is very important to me, but is not in living in California. This has made it difficult for me, especially during the pandemic. Luckily I have my passion for art to keep me centered and connected to family, especially my grandmother’s memory.

Pricing:

  • Mug-$30-$40
  • Ashtray-$25-$30
  • Sage/incense vessels/ offering plates -$20-$40
  • Planter- $30-$50

Contact Info:

  • Address: 3884 Clayton Ave,
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Phone: 651-328-0286
  • Email: lcjohnson64@gmail.com
  • Instagram: ceramicsbylauren and lcj271

Image Credit:
Photographer Ari Michelson (IG michelson_ari), Photographer of plated food Anne Kunisaki (IG annehand)

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