Work: I work with many materials, but the foundation of my art always comes back to drawing. My artwork conveys a freedom of process that can sometimes be difficult to achieve. You can feel the frenetic and alluring energy that created the art. I trust something bigger than myself. A lot of what I do is intuitive; I don’t set out with an agenda, method or finished piece in mind. Circumstances happen, and I follow them. The best feeling for me is when someone feels met in my art, so that they’re moved to take a piece home with them as a reminder of their own inner freedom.
About: Lauren Ari is an artist and educator based in Richmond, California. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from U.C. Davis after undergraduate study at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her primary focus is on drawing and sculpture. Lauren’s work is in the permanent collections of the Legion of Honor Achenbach Foundation and the De Young Museum.
“Lauren Ari’s art roars out of the deepest part of her psyche and arrives with great tenderness into the world. It is fiercely honest, playful and provocative. She speaks directly what is still unfettered in all of us, our wild, free, animal selves.” — Poet Alison Luterman
Work: Classic, substantial, hand built vessels enhanced with painterly marks and shapes. Each piece has a unique form and finish which takes weeks to complete. Truly art objects from the initial “build” to the final “finish”.
About: These “vessels” are all made either in my studio or at the RAC ceramics studio. They are built using coils of clay, then smoothed, paddled, abraded, carved, cut and otherwise altered to become their final form. I have been “making” all my life. Printmaking, Painting, Mixed Media and now Ceramics. My MFA was earned in Printmaking, I have taught Painting and Drawing at the College Level. My studio overlooks Wildcat Canyon Park. I have been a proud Richmond Resident since 1992 when I moved here from Berkeley and immediately found my way to the Richmond Art Center.
Work: My ceramic work is primarily thrown on the wheel and hand-painted with underglaze. It is made from very durable porcelain clay which is food safe, and microwave and dishwasher friendly. I often color the clay itself using powdered mason stains. Then I paint on top of that colored background and fire the clay in a high-fire reduction kiln. I like to imagine each piece after it leaves my studio and continues its life in someone’s home. It brings me endless satisfaction to share with others and communicate through clay. I believe that daily rituals with handmade vessels can enrich our lives with joy, meaning, and community.
About: I am a ceramic artist from San Francisco. I have been making things out of clay for the past 15 years and find it to be an incredible source of ongoing learning and wonder. I currently reside in Richmond with my tiny parrot Louie, where I manage the ceramics studio at the Richmond Art Center. I love making and using handmade objects, working in porcelain, and teaching people about all things ceramic, especially throwing on the wheel and making colored clay.
Work: Small Tapestries and Greeting Card Packs with images of my Tapestry Weaving and Felted Armenian Alphabet for sale. I am obsessed with cheerful color and abstract design! My weavings are carefully constructed with quality materials and techniques to produce a high quality textile. Cards are 5.5″ x 4″, come in packs of 5 or 10, and are printed on high quality cardstock with envelopes included.
About: Laura Kamian McDermott is a textile artist who uses labor-intensive techniques to make work that insists on the value of creative labor in an era that shows little respect for such a pursuit. Inherent in her work is the belief in the power of the handmade to address social ills, support mental and community health, and bring out some of humanity’s more positive traits. Through her woven, knitted, and embroidered techniques-meticulously studied and executed- she produces a high-quality textile. Laura studied Painting at Reed College and Textiles at San Francisco State University. She was born in Oakland and currently resides in Richmond.