Laurie Karnatz was an award-winning journalist whose
interest in ceramics was renewed after the death of her
daughter in early 2002. The work began as a tribute to
Leslie. It quickly turned into a lifestyle.
Specializing in fine art nudes, fishes
and living decor, every item is handmade in Laurie’s
open-air studio facing Sacarma Bay on Cudjoe Key. Much
of Laurie’s work reflects the serene oceanfront setting
and the unique nature and environment of the Florida
Keys, where she has lived and worked for more than a
decade. With work tables overlooking the luminous blue
waters of the bay, and further out, the Florida Straits,
inspiration is easy to find.
Once an avid fisherman, she now only
occasionally fishes for dinner off her dock.
Some of her fishes are whimsical, others
realistic: grouper, snapper, tuna and snook
are her favorites.
Known for a sometimes wicked sense of humor,
one of her favorite wall hangings, titled
"Where's Harry", is of a school of snapper.
"Whenever I fish from the dock, I can catch
four or five snapper before they catch on
and quit biting," she said. "I figured
they'd noticed their numbers shrinking.
Thus, 'Where's Harry.'"
Laurie's fish plaques and wall hangings
range in size from about 5"x7" to 22"x22".
All of Laurie’s work is made from
scratch, so to speak, without benefit of a wheel or
molds of any sort. Laurie’s carvings and etchings also
are done by hand without aid of purchased stencils or
other commercial products.
Laurie Karnatz Ceramics was
established in early 2004 to provide outstanding ceramic
art for decorative and utilitarian use. Her
one-of-a-kind works are showcased in private homes from
South Florida to the Texas coast and north to New
Platters, trays and casseroles are always
handy. Laurie makes a variety of sizes and
shapes. Some are plain, others are
hand-carved and painted with fishes or her
distinctive "doodle", which is known to
everyone with whom she has worked in the
past 20 years.
Laurie’s subjects are for the most part real
people: Friends, models and the occasional
family member. Laurie's plaques and wall
hangings of female nudes range in size from
5"x7" to 12"x22". Every piece is