Lawrence Epps


My current practice explores the world of jobs and work. It seems that we need it, love it and hate it all at the same time. I am particularly interested in examining the rise of corporate culture as well as the experience of the individual in the corporate environment. Personal experience, social anthropology and psychoanalysis all contribute to my approach.

Many of my ceramic sculptures begin as drawings which I then use in conjunction with the industrial force of an extruder to create 3 dimensional forms. Using the low status, dirty and tactile material of clay in this way allows me to work on large as well as small scales. The process can also be seen in the final sculpture and metaphorically mirrors many of my ideas around corporate pressure and workplace conformity. It is our considerable industrial ceramic heritage - with its once endless production lines, specialised technology and remarkable output that provides many of my ideas regarding process.

As well as exhibiting in traditional gallery environments, interventions in public spaces continue to be an important part of my practice. I am a founder member of the Sykey Art Collective - a group committed to making public statements through art. Encouraging people to interact and engage with art in unexpected but meaningful places often results in unpredictable but gratifying responses.

Education
2008-11
 University of Westminster, BA (Hons) Ceramics, First Class

Awards
2011 
 British Ceramics Biennial –Fresh Award Winner

Residencies
2012
 European Ceramic Work Centre, Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Exhibitions
2012
 Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, United States
Future Everything Festival, Museum of Science & Industry and Victoria Baths, Manchester
2011  Human Resources Intervention, London & Stoke-on-Trent
British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent
Mint Explores, London
Replace Fear of the Unknown with Curiosity, Ambika P3, London
2010  Unsplit Peak Problem, Royal College of Art, London
2009  Natural Selection, London Gallery West
2008   Elemental Tales, London Gallery West

Press
2011
 Ceramics Review (November/December) Leaving the Corporate World, self-authored 4-page article
The Guardian (3rd October) British Ceramics Biennial Brings Signs of a Potteries Revival, photo of work used as lead image
BBC News (28th September) Little Clay Commuters
Crafts Magazine (September /October) Pride and the Potteries

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