Jovita Laurusaite | Biography


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Jovita Laurusaite is a Lithuanian artist, living and working in Vilnius. Her work has been exhibited throughout Lithuania, as well as in Finland, Estonia, England, and the United States.  She participates in international symposiums for ceramic artists.

With attention to detail and a touch of humour, she creates sculptural vases, which are later hand-painted with unique colourful patterns and illustrative stories. Her technique relies on white clay that is wheel-thrown and altered, then hand-painted with oxide and pigment and fired at 1040 C.

“Vases in the shape of the female figure are my favourite.  I usually begin with wheel-thrown pieces. After putting the pieces together, altering and making each one look like a figure, I then have the surface of the vessel to cover with reliefs, hand painted pictures and patterns. Seeking an expressive and new silhouette in each vase, along with its decoration – that’s what makes each piece unique and important for me.”  Jovita

BIOGRAPHY

Born 1956 in Vilnius, Lithuania
1974 – 1979 Studied at the Vilnius Art Institute, Ceramics Department

Solo Exhibitions:
1986 – Juknaiciai Gallery, Juknaiciai, Lithuania
1990 – Artists’ Palace, Vilnius, Lithuania
1991 – Arka Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
1992 – Kedainiai Town Hall, Kedainiai, Lithuania
1992 – Barotti Gallery, Klaipeda, Lithuania
1994 – Lietuvos Aidas Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
1997 – Kirsti Siraste-Suda Gallery, Sippola, Finland
1998 – Kretinga Town Museum, Lithuania
2000 – Vartai Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
2004 – Birds’ Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2004 – Juodkrante Town Museum, Lithuania
2007 – Pamenkalnio Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

Selected Exhibitions:
1984 – Triennial of Baltic Applied Art of Young Artists, Riga, Latvia (Grand Prix)
1994 – Triennial of Baltic Applied Art, Tallinn, Estonia
1994 – “From Dreams to Reality”, Baltic and Scandinavian Art and Design, Vilnius, Riga, Helsinki.
1998 – “Colours and Patterns”, Baltic Arts, Stair Gallery, London
2000 – “Tradition and Future”, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania
2002 – “The Vase”, Pewabic Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, USA
2003 – The Exhibition of the Symposium of The International Symposium of Ceramics in Panevezys, Panevezys Town Gallery, Lithuania
2003 – The Exhibition of the Collection of the International Ceramics Symposiums in Panevezys, The Presidential Pallace Park, Vilnius, Lithuania
2004 – The Exhibition of the International Ceramics Symposium “Storm of Glazes: Lithuania – USA”, Akademija Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
2006 – The Exhibition of Figurative Ceramics, Amatu Gildija, Vilnius, Lithuania

Public Collections:
National Museum of Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania
M.K Ciurlionis National Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania

 

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