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Laurie Shaman studied ceramics, painting and drawing with Jan and Phil Sultz at Webster University in St. Louis, receiving her BA in 1977. Her first studio potter experience was in Mineral Point, Wisconsin where she also was as an apprentice actor in the American Players Theater company in nearby Spring Green.

In 1988 she relocated to Chicago. She was a studio member of Lill Street Art Center, and for twelve years, served as the director of education and gallery programming. During this time her work transitioned from wheel-thrown, utilitarian tableware to hand-built, narrative pieces. Laurie also worked in Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago, taking part in docent training and exhibition programs. 

 

Artist Statement

The notion of being able to fly is something I’m sure I share with many people. How can you not think of it while watching a bird or other aerial creature soaring, gliding or hovering above? 

On the pieces I made for Flight I wanted to keep the imagery alive–the movement, the gesture, the look in the eye, the intent. Flight makes me think of creatures in suspension, on the way somewhere, looking for a place to land and settle momentarily.

About Laurie Shaman

Laurie Shaman studied ceramics, painting and drawing with Jan and Phil Sultz at Webster University in St. Louis, receiving her BA in 1977. Her first studio potter experience was in Mineral Point, Wisconsin where she also was as an apprentice actor in the American Players Theater company in nearby Spring Green. In 1988 she relocated to Chicago. She was a studio member of Lill Street Art Center, and for twelve years, served as the director of education and gallery programming. During this time her work transitioned from wheel-thrown, utilitarian tableware to hand-built, narrative pieces. Laurie also worked in Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago, taking part in docent training and exhibition programs. 

Currently Laurie maintains a studio in the Ravenswood area of Chicago, producing work for gallery representation, commissions and studio events. In 2009, Laurie created a six-panel ceramic tile mural for a Park District facility, commissioned by the Chicago Public Art Program. In addition to group shows and invitationals, Laurie’s work has been featured in many galleries including AKAR in Iowa City, Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor, NC, Kohler Art Center in Kohler, WI and Tamarack Gallery in Omena, Michigan. She has participated as a guest artist in the St. Croix Pottery Tour in Minnesota and 16 Hands in Floyd, VA. Her work appears in numerous ceramic publications, including several Lark Books 500 Series, and “The Best of 500 Ceramics, Celebrating a Decade in Clay.”