meet the maker

Hi there! My name is Lauren Grace & I'm so happy you're here. Thank you for taking the time to view my work!

I'll never forget the first time art really made an impression on my life: I was in elementary school & I created a paper mache drawing with pastels & cool, calm colors. From there, art class was always my top pick when it came time to choose. By the time I started high school, I enrolled in my first photography class and my whole world changed.

Most of my teenage years were spent in the darkroom developing film and photographs by hand. I attribute this experience as the catalyst that taught me to appreciate artistic processes of patience. Ceramics is definitely that! Most pieces must be fired in the kiln for up to 12 hours & then another 6 hours for overglaze (pieces with gold accents). It still feels like Christmas morning every time I open the lid!

Fast forward to my 20's: I worked as a freelance portrait photographer on the side while my full-time position was in the medical insurance industry (I spent my free time at work doodling creative ideas!). I am thankful for the experience but I do not miss the corporate world. I am totally right-brained! I now utilize my photography skills in my ceramics business by photographing my own products.

my first experience with art

how i spent my teenage years

what my 20's taught me

my favorite childhood memory

My favorite memory as a young girl was spending the night at my grandmother’s house.  She had a way of making me feel like a guest of honor and right at home all at once. I looked forward to picking from her collection of beautiful & fragrant pastel soaps before enjoying the bubble bath she had drawn just for me. Normally she would even set a mint on my pillow and a vase of fresh flowers at my bedside. At the time, I didn’t realize the thoughtfulness and attention to detail that these sweet sentiments required, but looking back as an adult, I realize how intentional each gesture was. Her affinity for beautiful things left an impression on me and plays a role in my business. My only regret is that she is no longer with us to see it.

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