North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Adds Owen Laurion as New Artist-in-Residence

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The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is pleased to announce the addition of Owen Laurion as our new Artist-in-Residence. Grant funding from the Windgate Charitable Foundation is allowing the center to continue its Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program.

The Pottery Center is looking forward to having Owen as its AiR for the next five months. Lindsey Lambert, executive director, says, “Having Owen as our new AiR is literally a breath of fresh air.” Between Owen and our Educational Program Manager and Project Coordinator, Emily Lassiter, we are offering educational programs and workshops, which help us better fulfill our mission of promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in our great state.”

An interdisciplinary artist, Owen combines scholarly research with a studio practice exploring the (re)production of culture and personhood in contemporary society.  Born and raised in New Hampshire, Owen has lived in a variety of communities across the US and frequently draws inspiration from these encounters of transition, identification, and space. He holds a BA from the University of Rochester in Anthropology and Philosophy and a MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has exhibited his work nationally and is the recipient of the Robert Howe Fletcher Cup Award for Sculpture 2015, Rush Rhees Purchase Prize 2010, and was a Take Five Scholar at the University of Rochester 2010-2011. He has worked for several years as a teaching assistant at the San Francisco Art Institute and has also gained museum experience at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

According to Owen, “My practice is largely influenced by my interests in culture, the American politic, and the stakes of personhood in contemporary society.  Working through aesthetic fabrication – the visual arts provides me with the tools to research and address the complexities of human ecology. Specifically, I have been invested in understanding the relationship between culture and the landscape, urban and rural identities, and the production of nature(s).  The relationship between individual experience and collective knowledge is often complicated by political rhetoric, media, and formal social systems. The (re)production of identity is a true struggle for many marginal communities in the US, and it is imperative to address the ethics of space.“

Owen enjoys working in tight-knit communities so his residency at the NC Pottery Center seems to be a natural fit. He has goals to extend his woodfiring skills with the Center’s groundhog and noborigama kilns. In a few short weeks, he has made strides toward that goal by ably assisting veteran groundhog kiln firer Chad Brown on September 3 with great results. He has begun an astonishing organization and inventory of the large educational building here at the Center in addition to creatively producing his own body of work.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation, and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue. – Sat., from 10am – 4pm. For more information, please call 336/873-8430, visit (ncpotterycenter.org), or find us on Facebook.

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