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What sparks your creativity? What drives you to work with clay?
"My favorite past-times are reading books and losing myself in forests and prairies. Two of the most influential books which have inspired my creative process are Hermann Hess’s “Siddhartha” and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Sirens of Titan.” Just like the lessons of working with clay, there is always an expectation held within the maker and their desired outcome, at the same time the clay has its own workability and readiness. Clay encourages me to remain present in the moment and understand what is true and what is wishful thinking."
Did you come to ceramics from a different career? Tell us about your journey to a ceramics career.
How have you have taken your experience as a well-established maker in the field and passed that knowledge along to other artists?
"I have published the findings of my previous technical ceramics research as well as teaching K-12, undergraduate, and adult continued learning courses. I’m excited to say that I will be teaching a workshop in June for ClayHouston members pertaining to surface development and image transfer on clay. I’d love for people to come visit Box13 ArtSpace and learn some new techniques!"
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Nicolle LaMere was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. LaMere moved to Lubbock, Texas to complete her MFA in ceramics with a secondary in sculpture graduating in 2017 with honors. Since graduating LaMere has participated in the internationally known Land Art of the American West program. LaMere currently lives in Katy, TX, teaches studio art courses at Art League Houston and maintains a studio at Box13 ArtSpace.
The journey from Southern Wisconsin to my new home in West Texas transitioned me from a landscape that envelops to one that exposes a person. In this place red and golden flat plains are met on the distant horizon by an ever-expanding blue sky. I felt separated from the landscape; I was now a feature on rather than of the land. This separation created an expanse which encouraged a critical evaluation of my relationship and potential impact in relation to the environment. I operate within the metaphorical void, seeking to make visible the inter connectivity that exists within the ecosystem by utilizing biological materials as the liaison of truth.