Laura Kastin joins TOROSIETE Gallery from Brooklyn, New York. She studied art at Pratt Institute and the City College of New York. After earning her undergraduate degree Laura established the Pottery Loft in Park Slope Brooklyn. She taught ceramics classes and worked as a production potter. She also provided instruction at community centers, senior centers and adult education programs. After several years, Laura earned her masters degree in Special Education from New York University. She continued to work as a part time potter and started to teach ceramics at Clayworks on Colombia in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Laura was a long time member of the Brooklyn Potters organization, where she helped to establish their Empty Bowls project as an ongoing fund raiser for a local soup kitchen.
After retiring from teaching in the NYC public school system, Laura returned to working in clay full time. She continues to teach at Clayworks on Columbia and to exhibit and sell her pieces. She enjoys exploring a variety of techniques, experimenting with different clays and firing processes. Although Laura still loves to work on the potters’ wheel, she has also turned her focus to hand built ceramic sculpture influenced by organic forms and surfaces.
We are thrilled to feature two exhibitions of Laura’s work in our Gallery.