The San Geronimo Valley Community Center debuts Liz Lauter’s Tree of Life solo ceramics collection of elaborately embellished tree of life sculptures and platters hand painted with vibrant majolica ceramic colors. “Abbondanza” best describes her style of decorative abundance. Her free standing and wall mounted sculptures and “istoriato” majolica painted platters feature narrative themes of Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden as seen from Eve’s perspective. Liz uses traditional Italian majolica glazing techniques on terra cotta clay, with opaque white tin glaze and hand painted vibrant overglaze colors. Dangling berries, fruits, flying birds attached with wires animate her pieces with life.

There will be a reception for the artist on Sunday, July 9th from 4-7PM.  

Special viewing times:

The artist will be on site on Sunday July 9 from 12-7 pm and Sunday, July 23 from 12-5 pm.  The galleries will also be open on Saturday, July 15 from 12-5 pm.

Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm. *Please note that scheduled classes and events may limit gallery access. Call 415-488-8888 for best viewing times.

Liz’s fascination with the Arbol de La Vida-Tree of Life form from Mexican folk art underlies her work. She weaves threads of her passion for Mexican folk art, Islamic design, and botanical illustration into her own feminine form of expression which is new, at the same time familiar.

Liz is a trained painter who never thought that ceramics would displace oil paint and canvas. But the lure of the endless possibilities of clay, glaze, sculpture and ceramics traditions has been impossible to resist. Liz ran the Ceramics program at Redwood High School in Marin for 20 years. Before that she had her own design and manufacturing business with her artwork printed on textile products, selling to gift shops and catalogs nationwide.

Now retired from teaching, she has all the time in the world to make her ceramics from her home studio in Forest Knolls. Her work can be seen at select local art festivals, her home studio and online. She has two websites: and

She posts regularly on Instagram, where you can see her work in progress.

Instagram: LizLauterDesigns

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