Ceramic Artist Laurie Landry
Artist Laurie Landry was born near Minneapolis, where she spent most of her first 46 years of life. After living briefly in the mountains of Northwest Georgia, she relocated to St. Petersburg in 2013. Her lifetime fascination with art was noticeable when as a child she eschewed dolls and favored crayons, Etch-a-Sketch, Lite Brite and Spirograph.
She was in her thirties when she focused her creativity on clay, working and learning under the guidance of well-known artists. She has gone on to teach ceramics to school children and has exhibited her work and earned awards in numerous art galleries, shows and festivals, including local events such as Art Festival Beth-El and Florida CraftArt Festival.
Birds are a principle inspiration for Landry, as well as plants, shells, fish and other objects and creatures she has encountered in her gardens and treks through nature. The totem is a favored form consisting of stacked smaller pieces, each thrown, altered and painstakingly hand-carved. Each smaller piece on the stack conveys its own character and statement, while the combined totem creates another statement of its own, perhaps a remembrance of one image after another as seen on a journey.
Landry’s work also includes functional stoneware and porcelain pieces, including cups, bowls, vases and jars rendered with a hand-carved “sgraffito” technique. Domain Home Accessories & Gallery began to show Landry’s work in April 2015.