Mima Weissmann Recipient 2014 - 2015: Lauren O'Neill

Artist Statement

Lauren O'NeillThere is an inherent suggestion of memory in the ceramic tradition - a popular speculation being the first fired pot was a mud-covered basket accidentally hardened in a fire. As a ceramic artist I strive to explore how clay can preserve my own history as well as my relationship to it as a material. The way my hand holds clay, wedges it and digs into it; the way
my body propels the material forward. Traces of these interactions are important to me in the final work. In addition to process I am interested in how clay can hold and contain memories, fragments and history.


 Lauren O'Neill will be graduating with a Master of Fine Art from Lesley University College of Art and Design in May of 2016. She graduated from Mass College of Art in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction and Departmental Honors. In 2010-2011 she completed Graduate Coursework: Methods and Design in Art Exhibitions, Folk Art, Folk Craft, and Material Culture Letterpress Studies. Her Academic Awards include: Morril Scholar, Kodak Corporation Award, 2009 MassArt Leadership Award, 2009 Ceramics Department book Award and the MassArt Studio Foundation Award.