Thomas Lauerman’s clay clouds

The MudBucket Blog featured Tom Lauerman’s ceramic clouds last week. From Lauerman’s website:

    During a residency at the Kohler Company Arts/Industry program in 2005 I began thinking about using a very durable material in a form adapted from something ephemeral. I worked through a series of cloud forms and formations, looking at representations of clouds in science, in art history, and in various cultures.

The storm form below looks a lot like an idea I’ve sketched but haven’t had the chance work on (story of my artistic life). The clouds here are well modeled, although many of the peaks (so-to-speak) seem a little more angular than what I’ve actually observed in the prairie skies. Not that an artist must replicate in exact terms what we observe in nature.

I’d like to own this piece.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

4 Responses to Thomas Lauerman’s clay clouds

  1. jim janknegt says:

    I like the way it casts a shadow.

  2. Julie says:

    Hey Paul, Sorry to clog things up with an irrelevant comment. I moved my blog and wanted to let you know for your blogroll. It’s now (Site proper is now through If you use a feed aggregator, it’s
    Thanks, Julie

    • pcNielsen says:

      Thanks for the update. I thought I knew you’d moved it, but apparently didn’t update Google Reader. I suppose I’ve missed a lot that I’ll now have to find some invisible time to read up on 😉

  3. Paul says:

    It’ beautiful but I agree that the end bits are rather too pointy. As a result, you have to tell yourself that it is a cloud rather than just absorbing it’s cloud-ness, if you will. Still though, what a great idea.

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