I draw a lot of inspiration from a dress shop my grandmother once owned. For me, the best things about “College Frocks” were the seamstresses who made dress alterations. Upstairs, amid a hoard of fabric scraps and threads of every color, they magically transformed the frocks, tailoring them to perfectly fit each person.
When I discovered clay and it was no accident I was drawn to its ability to mimic fabric. I compose my porcelain teapots and vessels as if from a dressmaker’s pattern. Fabrics pressed into the surface create texture. Cutting and darting give shape and form. Colors are layered: brushed, rubbed and sprayed, resulting in soft surfaces. No two are alike. I alter each piece until it is, to my eye, exactly right in shape, color and size, to me, a perfect fit.
Examples of my work can be found in private and museum collections, including The Smithsonian’s American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, DC, The Fuller Museum of Craft in Brockton, MA and the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC. The Kamm Teapot Foundation has several pieces. Memberships include the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the James Renwick Alliance.
For more information, visit www.laurapeeryporcelain.com