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Laura Williams

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Laura has been living and making in Chicago since 2016. They studied ceramics and printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and feel extremely fortunate to be a part of the Chicago makers’ community. Laura spent time working and making at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and Haystack School of Craft post graduation. They’ve led making workshops at The Digs Studio, Rock Valley College, and local urban farms. They currently teach ceramics full time at Penguin Foot Pottery in Chicago and believe teaching to be an extremely important aspect of their making practice.

“As a teacher, I feel an added sense of purpose in my work. I’m studying the medium in an effort to pass these ideas and findings on to those who attend my classes. I adore making and feel incredibly humbled and fortunate to be able to do so full time. My artwork centers around storytelling and play. In my classes I hope to encourage others to connect with their own stories while loosening up and remembering the joy that encompasses creating.”

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