Artwork > Corals

Gazing upon Lauren Skelly Bailey’s ceramic works, ribbons of porcelain gather together surrounded by various ceramic surfaces to create a reef environment.  In a similar way that one might look across the ocean floor, Lauren navigates new ways of building, swirling, layering, breaking, and re-firing ceramics surfaces in her practice. Similar to the cyclical life of corals, Lauren’s work reuses parts from former sculptures to build bigger formations. These surfaces are paired with more glaze and slip applications to achieve a diversity of textures in her reef works. 

Lauren is influenced by the bleaching events taking place in the Great Barrier Reef. Corals in midst of a bleaching event lose their vibrant colors. In Cotton Candy Despair, the colors are in the midst of losing their colors to the warmer temperatures, causing it to fade from pinks, greens and blues to creams and whites. 

Coral XX (detail)
glazed porcelain
7 x 5 x 5 inches
2020
Coral XX
glazed porcelain
7 x 5 x 5 inches
2020
Glimmer
glaze porcelain with slip
4.5 x 4 x 4 inches
2020
cotton candy despair
glazed ceramic material
5 x 7 x 3 inches
2020
Dynasty Coral (detail)
glazed porcelain & stoneware, multiple firings
2020
Dynasty Coral
glaze porcelain,& stoneware, multiple firings
10 x 14 x 5 inches
2020
Ominous
Glazed ceramics, acrylic, flock, & resin
6 x 4.5 x 5 inches
2018
Washed Out
Glazed stoneware with slip
6 x 4.5 x 4 inches
2018
Current
glazed ceramic materials
4 x 6 x 7inches
2018
Occurrence II
Glazed ceramic materials
6 x 13 x 5 inches
2018
Occurrence
Glazed Ceramic Materials
7 x 5 x 5 inches
2018
Handbuilt dish, floral stacked forms, glaze adhered with luster application.
stoneware, porcelain, oxides, glaze, gold
6 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches
2017
Re Collect
porcelain, basalt, slip, glaze, flock & epoxy
8 x 7 x 5 inches
2016
Coral Stack
porcelain, stoneware, basalt clays, oxides, slip, glaze, slip, flock & epoxy
2016
Softer Skin
porcelain, glaze & flock
3 x 13 x 7 inches
2016