In October of 2015, we partnered with Project Art, Eutectic Gallery and 15 artists from all over the world to create a limited run of unique images for our Loop Growlers. Only 15 of each design was made and once they're gone, they're gone forever.
Lauren Gallaspy received her BFA in ceramics at the University of Georgi and her MFA from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. As an active artist with a rigorous studio practice in both sculptural and functional ceramics as well as painting and drawing, she has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and at conferences nationally and internationally since 2004.
From 2009 to 2012, Lauren served as co-director and owner of Trace Gallery in Athens, Georgia with her husband, artist Andy Nasisse. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art in Ceramics at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
In 2013, she was recognized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts as an Emerging Artist in her field, and is one of 25 recipients of the 2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.
The things that I love and the things that I fear refuse to balance out. They scrap like cats, cloak and conceal like kudzu, terrify and delight, like a large, shaky lake or a dog swimming hard towards a floating ball.
My work is about that imbalance: the vulnerability of living things and the sometimes violent, sometimes pleasurable, almost always complex consequences that occur when bodies and objects in the world come into contact with one another. I use ornamentation, obsessive mark-making, and decorative imagery as a kind of devotional or transformational act, a way to render interior spaces and intense psychological experiences physically.