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Laurel Blackthorne
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A white person smiling. They have pink hair and is wearing a light pink shirt with coconuts on it.

I am a community and self-taught ceramic artist. I’ve lived in Tallahassee for almost twenty years and absolutely love the community I have found here.

While I’ve been working with clay for seven years, I transitioned to a career in the arts in late 2020 out of a desire to engage with the world in a different way. My art focuses on themes of nature, queerness, resistance, and joy and I make a combination of functional pottery and ceramic sculpture. Alongside my own artistic practice, I work as a pottery instructor specializing in helping students build strong foundations in ceramics and decorative techniques.

I am also the Executive Director and one of the founding members of the Queer Tallahassee Artists Collective. Founded in 2021, QTAC is committed to building economic opportunity and community spaces that celebrate LGBTQIA+ artists. I am deeply committed to the importance of arts in the Tallahassee community and recognize the importance of creating safe spaces for marginalized communities to engage in the arts.

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Tallahassee Democrat: Laurel Blackthorne pours love into pottery for Handmade Holiclay

Written by: Christy Rodriguez de Conte; Council on Culture & Arts, November 2022


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