Originally from Middleton, Wisconsin, Lauren earned her bachelor of arts degree in K-12 Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. After graduating she taught middle school art for two-and-a-half years in Guatemala City, Guatemala. While she loved teaching, her heart was only half fulfilled; she was just as much an artist. She began pursuing the second component of her career and started her journey in clay.
Lauren was a post-baccalaureate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for two years before completing her Masters of Fine Arts at Kansas State University in 2014. Community projects include Taste of Mexico, Collaborative Potluck, Coffee Corner Connections, Women’s Roles through Time, Cultivating Community through Shared Experiences, and Portion Plates. In 2013 she was awarded the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship to complete a two-month internship at Talavera Uriarte in Puebla, Mexico. She continued to research the Talavera tradition as the Artist-in-Residence at Escuela de Arte Talavera in Spain in 2015. Her work has been included in the 2015 NCECA Biennial, the MBK Graduate Student Exhibition at the Clay Studio, Strictly Functional, and Crafts National among other shows. In 2015 she was awarded the Betty Woodman Prize and participated in the Future of Food thematic as an Artist-in-Residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She regularly publishes articles in Ceramics Monthly and has contributed to Ceramics Technical. From surface to form and the ways in which her work is used, she aims to use pottery as her vehicle to build understanding and compassion between diverse people and cultures. She is excited and motivated by the belief that her work can make a difference in the world.