THREE TREES POTTERY
Woodfired Ceramics by Lauryn Axelrod
I make ceramics that bring that sense of connection to our every day lives, or that highlight special moments. While they may be simple objects, they help us focus our attention on the beauty and meaning that is part of every moment.
Much of my work is specialized for Japanese or Chinese Tea Ceremony. Some are for personalized rituals. I also create Asian-flavored farm-to-tableware for both restaurant and home, sculptural work inspired by the environment, and public art installations.
My studio is based at Stone Bowl Farm in West Pawlet, Vermont, USA.
I began making ceramics because I wanted to create objects that brought us into deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us. While there is a long history of ceramics for sacred use, I strive to create contemporary objects that bring a sense of sacredness and ritual to our busy lives. I am deeply inspired by the Japanese aesthetic, the rhythm of the seasons, the places I live and work, and the forms, textures and colors of the natural world. I often use local clay bodies, woodfiring, and natural ash glazes. For custom tableware, I will sometimes gas fire.
I have had the good fortune to study with Nick Schwartz, Jack Troy, John Dix, Jeff Shapiro, Kevin Crowe, Susan Beecher, Shiro Otani, and John Jessiman.
I want my work to feel elemental, ancient…and timeless. I seek aliveness in a piece. Imperfections are expected and appreciated; they remind us that we, too, are fragile and imperfect and beautiful because of it. These are objects for both contemplation and use.
Full CV here.
Lillstreet Art Center Gallery Chicago, IL
KC Teabowl National 2015, 2016- Kansas City, MO Purchase Award 2016
Serve It Up 2016 – Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Bowl – 2016, Guildford Art Center, CT
Workhouse Clay International 2016 – Lorton, VA
Cup: The Intimate Object XII – 2016, Charlie Cummings Gallery
Clay Cup: Vessel, Image, Icon 2016 – University of Missouri
Nature: Surface, Form, Content 2016 – Clay Studio of Missoula
Out of the Ashes 2016-17 – Morean Art Center
Strictly Functional 2016 – Juried by Simon Leach
Working Pots – 2016, James May Gallery, Algoma, WI
Fire Arts Center Gallery, Arcata, CA — 2015, Solo Show – WABI-SABI: Tea Ceremony Ceramics
September 21, 2015 – Peace Pole Installed at Arcata City Hall
Recent Wholesale and Restaurant
Shibumi – David Schlosser’s Japanese Modern Kaiseki restaurant in downtown Los Angeles
Shuko – Nick Kim’s Kaiseki and Omakase Sushi restaurant in New York City