Lauren Mabry


Lauren Mabry installed at IAP


Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Lauren Mabry is currently living and working as a studio artist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a long term resident at The Clay Studio. Pursuing a career as an artist, she received her BFA in ceramics from Kansas City Art Institute in 2007 and her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012. She has also studied abroad in Kecskemét, Hungary at the International Ceramics Studio. Before graduate school Mabry studied and worked at Colorado State University and then was a resident artist at The Carbondale Clay Center (’08-’09). Her most recent residency was at The Archie Bray Foundation For Ceramic Arts (summer ’12).

Mabry has work in permanent collections at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, KS) and The Sheldon Museum of Art (Lincoln, NE). Her exhibitions include national, and international venues like The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, and many more.


Lauren Mabry makes painterly, abstract, ceramic art. She is a calculated risk taker with a keen attraction to color, movement, and material. The transformative properties of clay and glaze drive her ongoing compulsion to make, play, and experiment with surface. Mabry’s work communicates directly through its formal and aesthetic qualities because it’s focused heavily on basic considerations like color, contrast, and movement.

Mabry’s work is a synthesis of intuitive, expressive surfaces and elemental forms – the result of a long-term exploration of the physical and chemical behavior of ceramic materials. The simple, cylindrical forms Mabry paints are still so the colors clash and resound with a kind of musical timbre, flowing with movement and creating rich, hypnotic tones and textures.



Lauren Mabry at IAP presented by Ferrin Contemporary.

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