Biography

Laura Korch was born in Pontiac, Michigan and raised in a small town called Highland. During high school, Laura developed a strong interest in ceramics. Supported and encouraged by her instructors, she left for Germany as an exchange student at the age of eighteen. For one year, Laura worked with a potter in the city of Friedberg. While there, she was exposed to gas kilns and Hohr-Grenzhausen, a school with a long tradition of salt firing.

When Laura returned to the United States, she enrolled at Eastern Michigan University as a Fine Arts Major. Korch studied ceramics intensely, focusing on technical aspects of functional forms and a fascination with glazes and kilns. She worked for two years as a studio tech in the ceramics department while studying at EMU. Continuing as a studio tech, Laura began to work for John & Susanne Stephenson, who taught emphasis on slip making and application.

In 2005, Laura was an apprentice to John Glick. Working with John, Laura learned the life and daily activites of a studio potter and was allowed the freedom to develop and explore her own work. Afterward, Korch was hired on as the Ceramic Studio Manager for the Ann Arbor Art Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Laura maintained the workings of the studio, including kiln maintenance and administrative responsibilities. The position also involving teaching, which found Korch excited and refreshed in the learning environment.

One year and a half later, Laura took another step towards pursuing her dream of becoming a studio potter. In June of 2007, she attended a two-week course at Penland School of Crafts, which brought her to North Carolina. Laura now resides in Carrboro, North Carolina.  Laura’s work has been shown in galleries in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Raleigh, Greensboro, and Durham.

Current Gallery Affiliations:
NC Crafts Gallery
Claymakers

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