Laura Wee Lay Laq

Recipient
Tzeachten First Nation
Chilliwack, British Columbia

Clay artist Laura Wee Lay Laq believes working with clay stops her internal dialogue giving her a sense of harmony and peace”. Each of Laura’s clay pots are hand-built, burnished and sawdust fired. In the artist’s words, To take earth, give it personal expression, smooth it with a stone, give it to the fire by embedding the clay into the dust of trees and making it vulnerable to the natural elements completes a cycle on which I am proud to play a part”. Wee Lay Laq is recognized as a cultural leader within her community and serves as a role model for all Aboriginal artists in her capacity to create quality work both in traditional and contemporary forms.

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