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Laura Scariano

Clay / Metairie, LA

Artist Statement

Working with clay is how I find peace and stay grounded. Wheelthrowing is meditative, and I also enjoy handbuilding forms. Making ceramic jewelry has also been a recent fun endeavor.

Food inspires me to make beautiful bowls and plates, enjoying the way glazes contrast so well with my favorite foods. I throw open well-balanced bowls that are durable and comfortable to use. Doesn’t your food taste better in a gorgeous bowl? It’s great to have colorful dinnerware that really make your soups and other meals look beautiful.

I view glazing as an art form all unto its own. Using my own glazes that I’ve mixed, as well as colored slips, I enjoy experimenting with layering glazes and dipping to form overlapping patterns. Recently, I also have been drawing on pieces, cartoonish animal characters as well as abstract natural and geometric forms. I enjoy stamping humorous and inspiring messages onto my pieces.

I work with porcelain as well colored, textured clays fired to cone 6 in oxidation. I’d love to do more wood firings. I enjoy exploring new forms and decorative finishes and am excited about the variety of new pieces that I plan to create this year.

Biography

Laura Scariano was born and raised in New Orleans. Laura’s inspiration is drawn from the culture of her home New Orleans, as well as her background in performing as dancer with jazz musicians. The natural habitat of the Delta is greatly incorporated into her drawings on her clay works.

Laura Scariano is an Interior Designer who has practiced ceramics since 1995 when she was in Penn's design program. She studied with Mark Lueders from whom she learned the basic principles of working with clay and how to hand build large ceramic sculptures.

In 2001 she took a course in glaze chemistry with Peter Lane at Greenwich House Pottery. This sparked her interest in making her own glazes and exploring the various combinations of minerals to create beautiful colorful glazes.

Laura learned to throw on the wheel mainly from Larry Stern and Nadeige Choplet at the Union Square Ceramics Center in New York.

In 2013 she participated in her first wood firing and loved it. Laura helped stoke the fire in Tony Moore’s Anagama-Noborigama kiln in Cold Springs, NY. She loves the way the ash creates wonderful surprises on the ceramic pieces.

Laura sells her work at local art markets, such as Piety Street Market and Dat Dog Market and at pop-up events.