Forest Knolls, CA
Decorative design triggers a rush of inspiration and art making for me. I have favorite resources, like folk art, Islamic tiles, majolica, Suzani embroideries, carpets, anything from Mexico. The Arbol de la Vida, “Tree if Life” motif throughout many cultures anchors much of my work currently in the form of candelabras, menorahs and sculptures. In it I see structures of beauty, growth, and abundance. I feel elation looking at crystal chandeliers, tiaras, intensely bejeweled in repeating melodies of faceted shapes. My work reflects these aspects of femininity, the decorative, beautiful life force. I love the challenge of constructing clay pieces which feel like they are growing. Form for me is rooted in the contour lines of design—the arabesque natural curve, the proportion of the Golden Ratio, growth patterns in nature. I draw each of my pieces before I build them, always pushing to innovate technically, and pull my 2 dimensional design into 3 dimensions. I like low fire glazes so I can have a full palette of colors to paint with. A soft white majolica glaze is my foundation for painting color on my pieces. I use a variety of overglazes and stains for my painting decoration, including colors I get from Italy.
Liz Lauter has been an artist, designer and art educator for over 35 years. She studied drawing and painting with Wayne Thiebaud at UC Davis, ceramics with Ruby O’Burke in San Francisco, manages her own design business, and works in ceramics and 2D media in her home studio. She has taught Ceramics in Marin County at Redwood High School for the past 20 years and built an extensive program which included workshop classes for artists and art teachers.
She lives and has her studio in West Marin in Forest Knolls, California. She sells her work locally and nationally.