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Lauren Sandler

Biography to Display: 


BA Anthropology Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York

BFA Ceramics State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, New York

MFA Ceramics, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania


2005-2007 Instructor of Record, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania

2008-2009 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cumberland County Community College, Vineland, New Jersey

2009 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

2012-2013 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York

2016 Sabbatical Replacement for Associate Professor of Ceramics, Skidmore College, Saratoga Spring, New York

2013—Summer Ceramics Studio Program Coordinator and Lecturer, Skidmore College, Saratoga Spring, New York

2013—Lecturer, Skidmore College, Saratoga Spring, New York


2008 Artist in Residence, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine

2009-2011 Artist in Residence, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, Montana

2016 Artist in Residence, Hurleyville Maker’s Lab of The Center for Discovery, Hurleyville, New York


Lauren Sandler is known for functional pottery and sculptural ceramic work.

Her early studies in anthropology influence her sculptural work as she explores human artifacts and conceptual narrative objects. Sandler often uses traditional pottery forms and techniques in her work. Her abstract and nonrepresentational sculptures are often architectural. Sandler’s titles reference her anthropology studies, for example, "Artifact Series" include objects with the titles "Triumphal Arch", "Artifact",and "Artifact Skin".

Common elements found in both Sandler's pots and sculptural work are the use of an earthenware clay body and evidence of the presence of the maker’s fingerprints and surfaces coated with terra sigillata or various glazes.

Video of Lauren Sandler discussing "Stone Soup Spoon Theory’" in the show Tristate of Mind posted by Clay Art Center can be seen here.


Bibliography to Display: 

Sandler, Lauren “Forget the Plaster! How to Make a Surprisingly Durable Hump Mold out of Unfired Clay.” Ceramic Arts Daily (accessed July 7, 2017) .

____________. "A Ceramic Manifesto: Toward an Expansive Future” Studio Potter 37, no. 2 (2009).



Typical Marks
Stone Soup Spoon Theory
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Terra Sigillata
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Herrera, Carolyn E.. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 24, 2023.