RoCat is the portmanteau “ship” name representing internationally recognized teaching artists, Robert LaWarre and C.A.Traen. (Rob + Cat = RoCat) We have recently relocated to the Memphis area, Cat from Las Vegas and Rob from Orlando, and Team RoCat is eager to join and contribute to the arts community of Downtown Memphis.
LaWarre and Traen each have over a decade of teaching experience and their first conversations bonded them together by their shared personal and spiritual callings to ceramics education, sharing their work, and connecting with future collaborators to help others reach their goals.
These shared aspirations led to fruitful collaborations teaching joint workshops abroad as well as representing local and national arts organizations including National K12 Ceramics Foundation, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), and International Ceramic Artists Network (ICAN).
Together, LaWarre active since 2006 and Traen since 2012, have earned more than 40 national and international awards, taught workshops, exhibited, and are collected in the United States, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, Croatia, China, India, Taiwan, Korea, Austria, Slovenia, England, and Canada.
Each have had their own levels of success with their work internationally most notably with Traen being awarded the Silver Prize for the ICMEA Emerging Artist exhibition in Fuping, China and the Plata Argenta at the 38th International Ceramics Biennale in Gualdo Tadino, Italy and LaWarre honored with the Silver Prize at the Taiwan International Gold Teapot Prizeand taking the Gold Prize for theMungyeong International Chasabal Festival in Korea.