Sculptures and Sketches by Lauren Scales

Welcome to my art blog. Here I will be posting my sculptures, sketches, studies, and more. I hope you enjoy my work.
Also feel free to check out my personal blog, ceramichands.tumblr.com

She’s fired! This is the piece I had uploaded on here a few months back while it was still unfinished. I supposed its still not complete. I have to repair her hand and foot still and I may add paint to it to blend out some of the colors, and highlight others that didn’t come out as much as I would have liked with the underglazes. Hopefully soon I will make a post of her ACTUALLY finished to my liking, but until then, enjoy!

Loading a bisque is always scary and stressful. I programed a super slow firing so hopefully no explosions. I would be so sad. *fingers crossed*

Loading a bisque is always scary and stressful. I programed a super slow firing so hopefully no explosions. I would be so sad. *fingers crossed*

This piece took forever, but i’m pretty happy about it. She is covered/ being consumed by succulents. In the past i’ve always envisioned myself doing super detailed work, but actually doing makes me want to die a little bit. Once its finished its such a great feeling. Will be doing some clean up on this piece once its bisqued. It was scary handling this piece.

I just bought my NCECA membership!

I’m super excited about the upcoming NCECA conference next year that will be in Providence, RI. I live in RI and I’m SO EXCITED its so close to me. I don’t have to spend a fortune on plane tickets, or hotel, I could honestly take the bus up for $2 Kennedy Plaza which is in the heart of downtown, up the street from the RI convention center. I haven’t been able to go since 2011 because of money/time, and having at my door step is so fantastic. I spent the last of the money I made with one piece I sold in a gallery, but I’m happy to invest what I’ve made from my work back into the field for my own personal growth. If anyone on tumblr is going, I would love to meet you guys!

Also, sorry I haven’t posted my newest piece. Its done and drying but I forgot to take a photo of it, like a dummy. Next wednesday I will be bisque firing so I’ll upload a picture then. Fingers crossed for a good firing!

A work in progress thats a bit different from work I’ve done in the past. its a figure in a pitcher plant and there is a separate piece that will be epoxied on post firing. I had done an illustration with this concept and I wanted to bring it to life with clay, so i decided to go for it. I originally envisioned it as a wall piece and maybe in the future I will make more pitcher plant figures that are all pieces. I haven’t made any wall pieces before, so I will experiment with that and see if I like it.

A work in progress thats a bit different from work I’ve done in the past. its a figure in a pitcher plant and there is a separate piece that will be epoxied on post firing. I had done an illustration with this concept and I wanted to bring it to life with clay, so i decided to go for it. I originally envisioned it as a wall piece and maybe in the future I will make more pitcher plant figures that are all pieces. I haven’t made any wall pieces before, so I will experiment with that and see if I like it.

Here is a work in progress that I managed to make pretty quickly. All of the holes in the figure will have these indian pipe plants epoxied in post firing because trying to transport this while still greenware to the arts center with those tiny flowers would have been a nightmare. its kinda  wild looking with the flowers all in. I’ll post a image of that later, maybe when its bisqued. the plants were too dry and fragile at the time photographed it.

Another piece in progress. Its a small figure with under glazes I carved through in the base. Its a fun piece I’m making for Hope Gallery in Bristol, RI that i currently have pieces exhibiting. If you’re in the area, you should check out the gallery!

MORE MUSHROOMS!! here is another work in progress. I made another mushroom lady (well at least her head) and its a little bit different to anything I’ve made before. I was inspired my Javier Marin, who is one my my favorite sculptors, and he makes these “floating head” sculptures where bust is upside-down and the hair is the base. So I wanted to try something like that, but make it my own. I may do more works like this in the future it was a fun piece to make

New work in progress on a new series I’m working on. This is my lotus blossom lady with the seeds growing out from her skin. Sorry if you are trypophobic, it freaks me out too, carving it, physically and conceptually, was a very strange, tedious, yet satisfying process. I can’t wait to finish her and I hope she makes it out alright (fingers crossed)

Hello Again! New WIP Coming Up!!

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted in like 6 months, but I’m FINALLY able to make some new work and more than one piece at a time, but I’ll explain how I got there. Earlier in the year, after the Adrian Arleo workshop, I was hoping I would have had a kiln/studio at my parents house I could set up since I bought a small kiln sitter last December. However…. I think they were just playing along and didn’t want to tell me it wasn’t going to happen, so I waited and cleaned the garage to no avail (I wish the would have just told me no, and it would have saved me A LOT of time and grief). Just when I thought all hope was lost, I found a ceramics open studio class at a local arts center, the Jamestown Arts Center in Jamestown,RI and I decided to look into it. A few people, including one of my college professors, Chris Archer, had mentioned this place being pretty great, but I’m so shy I didn’t know how to approach with trying to make new work, so I let it slip my mind for a while. But on my birthday out of some strange curiosity I decided to look up the arts center and there it was, my golden ticket to making work again. so I facebook messaged the place and I was waiting for a response… kinda disappointed nothing was happening. So a week later I go with my family to a reunion and on the way back I FINALLY get a reply that the class was on going and I could join in anytime! I was super  excited AND on that same day I got a call from a Hope Gallery in Bristol, RI where I show my work that I sold my first piece! SAME DAY PEOPLE!!  So fast forward a few weeks i have a few pieces in the works and hope to get them fired soon and I will be posting my WIP pieces ASAP!

TL:DR- I’m finally making some new pieces and will start posting here again, I’m really excited things are starting to look up for me.

PS: I will FINALLY get my mushroom lady from the workshop all finished and take her home at the beginning of August so I will post pictures of her finished and nicely photographed here soon :)