About Lauren Braney
Lauren Braney is from Fredericksburg, Virginia and is currently teaching high school studio art at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Colgan High School in Manassas, VA. She is the local coordinator for the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts off site art exhibitions. Lauren has had a love affair with clay since high school and worked with it while attaining her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Mary Washington in 2015. In 2016, gaining her Masters of Ed. at the University of Mary Washington, her passion grew and developed her own personal styles and forms as a potter within the Fredericksburg area. When Lauren isn’t covered in clay you can almost always find her outside with her dog enjoying the nature that surrounds us, all things that inspire her work.
My ideas and process are driven by memories and experiences of everyday life. Throughout life, I feel we all make connections which eventually can pass us by. I try to capture these personal moments through the imagery on my work. The subject of my hand-drawn transfers develops from my love for the outdoors; whether it’s discovering wildflowers on a hike, plants within my home or paddling down the river. Each surface featured on my work represents a pause from these experiences from which each moment is valued. My simplified nature drawings became an integral part in the process to bring my functional pots to life. I strive to make functional work that brings outdoor imagery into the home.