Clairy Laurence

Eccentricity characterises the ceramic work of Clairy Laurence. Best known for her figurative statuettes, she uses a combination of hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques to give life to her quixotic, spirited characters.

Laurence depicts a world occupied by allegory, myth and symbolism, and cites architect Antoni Gaudi, Australian painter Charles Blackman and graphic artist Rex Ray among her influences. Her signature ceramic figurines pay a twisted homage to both fetish objects and family heirlooms. Overtly feminine and surreal, Laurence’s wide-eyed and dainty forms – always with a hint of the sinister or subversive – possess individual personalities that are steeped in fable and fantasy.

Favouring muted saccharines and high-gloss hard blacks and lustres, Laurence’s use of colour amplifies the interfaces between life and death, good and evil that characterise her work. Floral and leaf motifs – symbolic of rebirth and renewal – represent her foray into more improvised forms that reflect the unpredictable shapes found in nature. These symbols appear in various scales across her work, and form the structural basis of her ceramic tableware.

Clairy exhibited with Artisan in Objects of Desire: Contemporary Clay, 2016. Photo by Shannon Garson.