Laura Scariano is a native New Orleanian who has been a Residential Designer and Ceramic Artist for 20 years. She studied Design of the Environment and Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. Laura has worked on design projects for various Architects and Interior Designers in Atlanta, New York, Berlin and New Orleans.
Laura is a member of the Louisiana Crafts Guild, New Orleans Arts Council, St. Tammany Art Association and the Tennessee Craft Guild. Some pottery items can be purchased at LA Guild in New Orleans Canal Place, Sans Souci in Lafayette, and Hermann-Grima House shop. Tees are available at Red Lantern and Forever NOLA in the French Quarter. She also attends local art markets, such as Piety in Exile Market. Laura occasionally pops up at Petite Rouge Cafe.
You can contact Laura to visit her studio in Olde Towne Slidell, 5 min from the I-10 Fremaux exit.
To view more of Laura's ceramic work go to: www.wetlandsclay.com
Laura Scariano has practiced ceramics since attending Penn's design program. She studied with Mark Lueders, who introduced ceramics into Penn's curriculum, from whom she learned the basic principles of working with clay and how to handbuild large ceramic sculptures.
In 2001 she took a course in glaze chemistry with Peter Lane at Greenwich House Pottery in New York. This sparked her interest in making her own glazes and exploring the various combinations of minerals to create beautiful colorful glazes, viewing glazing as an art form of its own.
Laura learned to throw on the wheel mainly from Larry Stern and with some instruction from Nadeige Choplet at the Union Square Ceramics Center in New York City.
Several years ago Laura participated in her first wood firing in Tony Moore's anagama-norborigama kiln in Cold Spring, NY. It's a 3 day firing process and Laura helped stoke the flames for one of the work shifts. Wood firing is awesome with the ash flying around the kiln creates unexpected gorgeous effects. She would like to one day have one of these kilns at her studio in Slidell.
You will notice that music is a common theme in Laura's work, since she is a dancer. Laura still occasionally performs as an improvisational jazz tap dancer. Louisiana provides plenty of inspiration-- the marshlands, pelicans, beautiful trees, abundant seafood, music and architecture.
Laura is always working on new ceramic pieces and new styles, so check Instagram regularly to see her latest creations. @nolabonvivant