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 fell in love with clay in high school when she threw for the first time and continued her love affair with clay through college. Lauren picked up throwing again in Spring 2017 when she got her first wheel. She now teaches high school students how to throw in hopes that they will fall in love with the media as well. Currently, she throws pottery out of her home in any spare time she can find. When Lauren isn’t covered in clay you can almost always find her outside with her dog enjoying the nature that surrounds us. Lauren earned her M.Ed. with a focus in Visual Arts from the University of Mary Washington in 2016 and her B.A. in Studio Art also from the University of Mary Washington in 2015.
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.