Porcelain teapot by artist Laura Peery

Laura Peery draws inspiration from the New Orleans dress shop her grandmother once owned. The best thing about "College Frocks" was watching the seamstresses who made alterations. Upstairs, amid a hoard of fabric scraps and threads of every color, they magically transformed the frocks to perfectly fit each person.

When she first discovered clay it was no accident that Peery noticed its ability to mimic fabric. Her porcelain and mixed-media objects are composed as if assembling a garment of multiple textures, prints, and colors.The clay is imprinted with textures then cut, shaped and assembled as if from a dressmaker's pattern. Color is brushed, rubbed, and sprayed, giving the surfaces a soft, layered patina. Peery alters each piece until it is, to her eye, exactly the right shape, color, and size—a perfect fit.

Laura Peery received an MFA from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her work has been shown across the USA as well as in Taiwan and Canada and can be found in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC and the Fuller Museum of Craft in Brockton, MA.

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