This year’s Foundations Gallery art show will feature a nationally known ceramist.
The Foundations Gallery is held in Baird Hall on the Rogers State University campus and is scheduled for Jan. 25 from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The show will run through Feb. 16.
This year’s show will feature the art of Laurie Spencer, an award-winning Oklahoma artist.
Spencer said she grew up in small towns of Oklahoma and cultivated a love of nature inspired by her mother—”Together they would collect insects, press leaves and deconstruct flowers. This close examination of the natural world instilled a love of nature which continues to inspire her works. Her sculptures are based on nature's forms and the richness of life through the ceramic medium.”
Of her work the artist said, “My work as a whole aims to create experiential works. In a world that can be very divisive, I look to make work that we can relate to as humans, regardless of time or place.”
Spencer graduated from the University of Tulsa with a BFA and MA in ceramics and has been exhibiting her ceramic sculptures nationally and internationally for over 30 years.
RSU boasts that Spencer is known for “making large-scale ceramic domes ranging from 4-18 feet in height and for her organic ceramic whistle sculptures.”
Her work has been published in several books and magazines, such as Alternative Kilns by Ian Gregory, Architectural Ceramics for the Studio Potter by Peter King, Handbuilt Ceramics by Kathy Triplett and articles in Ceramics Monthly magazine.
She has received many awards for her work including Artworks 1; competition for Oklahoma City's public art project- the Philodendron Dome metal sculpture in Myriad Gardens, and New Forms Regional Initiative Grant; the Fellowship Award in Crafts from the Mid-America Arts Alliance / National Endowment for the Arts. She has also been awarded several teaching residencies such as the Americans for the Arts, Community Residency Exchange Program in Ireland; the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest International Artist Program Grant and Arts International — a 6-month residency for research and teaching in Ecuador. She also led a firing demonstration and workshop at the International Ceramics Festival 2007 at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre Wales. Laurie has been sharing her talents with her students in ceramics at Holland Hall's Upper School in Tulsa, Okla.