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Louis LaBudda

Louis LaBudda

Profile Location
Omaha , NE

Born and raised in Nebraska, Louis Labudda found his passion for art at a young age. It wasn't until college that he choose to turn what was just passion into a career. After graduating from Doane College in Crete Nebraska with a Bachelors Degree in Art, he traveled the country in continuation. From 2013-2014 he lived in Fayetteville Arkansas while attending the University of Arkansas. There he continued his practice in ceramics as a Post-Baccalaureate student.

After leaving Arkansas Louis moved back to Nebraska for a short period of time to help his father with the family business. While back in Nebraska, Louis built a small studio to work on ceramics as well as building small wood fixtures. After attending Lauren Mabry's workshop in Kansas City, he managed to become Lauren Mabry's first studio assistant. Accepting such a position meant that he would have to move from Nebraska to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

While in Philadelphia, he experimented with ceramic lighting. As well as working in wood. During his assistantship, Louis was contacted by the Lux Gallery in Lincoln Nebraska to be a part of their annual holiday show (Wrappables: "Gifts from the Heart"). Following the show the Lux Gallery took him in as a consignment artist. To this day he still shows with the Lux.

Following His Assistantship with Lauren Mabry, Louis moved to Helena Montana to work for a summer at the Archie Bray Foundation . While at the Archie Bray, he was a Clay Production Assistant. He currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska and works out of his personal studio.

Artist Statement

I want my work to be as well dressed in design, as someone walking down the catwalk.  When creating my work I try to embody the thoughts of a Designer or better yet a Tailor. Someone whose occupation is making fitted clothes such as suits, pants, and jackets to fit an individual person.  By making hand-made objects, I embrace such individualism. 

The time and precision that it takes to make a well-crafted garment, is very similar to the process through which I create ceramic vessels.  The overall designs consist of multiple patterns, layered together to make one final composition.  Ever so similar actions can be noticed through watching someone working in the fashion industry.  Textile designers lay each thread in a meticulous way to create specific patterns.  Resulting in Gingham, Herringbone, Glen Plaid, even polka dot designs.  These fabrics are cut and measured by a Tailor to make, a crisp fit for the person wearing the clothing.

When constructing a vessel such as a ewer set. I use precise measurements, cut spouts and handles to later seam them together to make one form.  This form becomes somewhat body like.  I then dress the form with different lines and dots of various widths and sizes.   The proximity of these dots and lines cloth the vessel.

I find something overtly intriguing about having a handmade garment.  Knowing each stitch and measurement was well thought, and deliberate.  By making aesthetically pleasing vessels, no detail goes over looked.  I want my work to look fancy and unique, not generic or cheap.  Often times one can notice that, “what you pay for is what you get”.  Quality comes at a price, labor and time.  The longer a tailor stays in the fashion industry, the more recognition he will get and his quality will only improve. 


Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Louis LaBudda
2/1/19 to 2/22/19
McKenzie Phelps
James Bockelman
Owen Buffington
Kim Darling
Tom Kreager
Brad Krieger
Louis LaBudda
Hannah McBroom
Lana Miller
Cathy Patterson
José Sierra
Dan Terpstra
5/21/19 to 8/24/19
Multiple Mediums
Jim Aden
Liana Agnew
Joel Anderson
Mark Arnold
Michael Ashley
Posey Bacopoulos
Shawn Teseo Ballarin
Green Bee
Jessica Brandl
Wes Brown
Matt Bukrey
Larry Buller
Donna Burdic
Anne Burton
Elaine Buss
Jen Carlson
Neil Celani
Austin Coudriet
Drew Curtright
Lindsey Day
Amanda Durig
Adrienne Eliades
Paul Eshelman
Katelyn Farneth
Lynette Fast
Anna Gadek
PJ Hargraves
Mark Hargraves
Sarah Jentsch
Kyle Johns
G.V. Kelley
Josh Knutson
Mary Koziol
Brad Krieger
Louis LaBudda
Lynn Latta
Clay Leonard
Sam Loeffler
Carol Long
Anika Major
Susan McGilvrey
Tom Meyers
Catie Miller
Katie Nieland
Kyle Nobles
Samantha Oliver
Sarah Olsen
Cathy Patterson
Christy Puetz
Brittany Rea
Sarah Rowe
Sophia Ruppert
Erin Ryan
Agnes Seebass
Sarah Shoot
José Sierra
Sarah Smelser
Shannon Smith
Maria Spiess
Susan Stark-Johnson
Evan Stoler
Patty Talbert
Harry Tompkin
Tara Tonsor
April White
Tara Dawley
11/6/20 to 12/30/20
Multiple Mediums

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