Lauren Joffe is a ceramic artist who lives and works in Melbourne. She was born in Cape Town and, with her family, immigrated to Australia when she was young.
Lauren’s works are built by hand, using the coiling technique, and fired in a kiln at 1080–1250°C. She is primarily concerned with exploring the form and surfaces of her objects through mark-making and texture, preferring to make simple forms, using a limited colour palette to explore form through lines, tone, shadow and pattern. The surfaces of her pieces are hand-painted, and the act of mark-making is slow and meditative. , The fluid marks are applied in varying depths to create quiet shifts in the surface from gloss to matte. Lauren has recently begun to change the scale of her work by creating large-scale ceramic sculptures constructed out of multiple pieces.
Lauren’s work has been exhibited throughout Australia and internationally, having her first solo exhibition at Michael Reid Clay Sydney in 2020, at Stockroom Kyneton in 2021 and exhibited in Craft’s Vitrine Gallery in 2023. She has been a finalist in, amongst others, the Mud Australia Shelley Simpson Ceramics Award, the Omnia Art Prize 2023, the Clunes Ceramic Prize 2022, the Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize 2022, the Alice Prize 2022, the Fishers Ghost Art Award 2021, the Muswellbrook Art Prize 2021 and the Klytie Pate Ceramics Award and Exhibition 2020.
A collection of sculptural vessels coming soon.