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Laurie Schmidt

August 29, 2017

Laurie Schmidt's first career as a potter lasted more than 30 years.  After studying with Warren MacKenzie at the University of Minnesota she built her first solo studio and hi-fire kiln near the University of Maryland just outside of Washington, D.C.  In the early 1970's she was a founding member of the Torpedo Factory, a nationally known prototype cooperative of studios and galleries in Alexandria, Va. 

 

As a potter Laurie's work was exhibited in many museums throughout Ohio.  Her work was shown in the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. and was displayed in the January 1978 issue of Ceramics Monthly.  In 1976 Laurie moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she founded the cooperative gallery Contemporary Artifacts.  

 

After all the years of throwing pots, Laurie made the decision to go back to school at the Ohio State University to study painting, drawing, and printmaking.  Laurie attended OSU for 5 1/2 years.  Laurie was a member of Juntview Studio and is a founding member of Brickbox Studios.

 

 

Laurie currently spends the majority of her time painting, printmaking and papermaking. She describes herself as an abstract colorist.  Her work has no philosophical, social, or political agenda.  It is done for purely aesthetic reasons.

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