Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Lara.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Laura. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I first started taking ceramics at an incredible place called Inner City Arts located in Skid Row. My good friend Tony took a ceramics class and I was really looking for a different type of art form other than drawing and painting. The class was awesome.
I was a bit frustrated at first working on the wheel and my hand-built pieces kept cracking in the kiln. After that class, I decided to take a ceramics class in high school. And that’s where it all sparked. I had an incredible teacher. She was very patient, very inspiring and extremely talented. (Shoutout to Ms. Lemvo I miss you) We got along super well and it made me realize how fun and challenging working with clay really is. After taking ceramics for three years in high school, I decided that ceramics is something I want to pursue and focus on for the rest of my life. I am currently in my 2nd year of college working towards my BFA specializing in Ceramics. I got a job at an awesome studio in downtown called Still Life Ceramics. There, I work with incredible artists and help out with the studio and teach classes. They have inspired me to keep pursuing my art and believe in me and all of my great coworkers there.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As cliche as it sounds, a big obstacle for me was not thinking that my art was good enough. I wasn’t sure what my style was and how to present it. Luckily my friends were incredibly supportive of my work and shared my work online with others.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I make a lot of functional and decorative pieces. I usually sell ceramic bowls, mugs, plates, smoking pipes, and cups. I also do commission pieces as well. I am very proud of my growing business, my work is colorful, strange, and original. I decorate my pieces with designs I’ve been practicing since high school. Strange faces and crazy colors is what I love.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory is going to LACMA with my dad as a kid. We would always try to go to as many art museums as possible in the weekends, then try a new spot to eat every time. It was very fun and I’m very fortunate to be exposed to art as a child.
- Bowls and plates – 20
- Cups and mugs – 15
- Smoking pipes – 25
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: mariposasindica or lauraceramics_