We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Lara and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Laura, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
My end goal is to be a successful ceramic teacher. I want to own my own studio have the creative freedom that I have now and keep making beautiful weird pieces of art that means so much to me and how I feel inside.. I want to teach inner-city kids who don’t have access to any art programs because they can’t be funded or they just never had the opportunity to dabble in the arts. Unfortunately it is extremely common for school to not have an art program and I believe that it should be accessible to everyone to find their creative side and learn to be more expressive either it be playing with clay or songwriting etc. Happiness and creative freedom go hand and hand so I want to inspire and create.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art consists of functional and decorative ceramic pieces. I make all sorts of functional work such as mugs, bowls, vases, etc. but I also add original funky designs to it as well. I have also made unique decorative sculptures that combine food and body parts. I’m proud of the amount of art I’ve been able to create, especially during a pandemic. My passion for ceramics is what drives me to keep creating and teaching. I have been professionally creating and teaching ceramics for around 2 years now, but I have been invested in ceramic art for around 6. One of my biggest challenges was the fear of asking for help. When I first started off making ceramics professionally, I believed that I needed to know every single thing about my craft. If I asked for help then that meant that I didn’t deserve to be teaching to others. Over time I realized I should not be stubborn and have that mindset. Instead I have learned that it is okay to ask for help because that is how I will learn and grow not only as an artist but as a person. Asking for help doesn’t mean that I am weak minded, it just means that I need a better understanding so that I can help others with the same questions.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Los Angeles is filled with diversity. I would first start off in Koreatown, my hometown. We would go to Kimbap House on Western and order their amazing bulgogi and burdock kimbap, along with their sweet and spicy Korean fried chicken. We would also hit up Pollo a la Brasa, a Peruvian rotisserie chicken spot also off Western. Their chicken is amazing and every single time I have gone it has always left me satisfied. The chicken is never dry and their green salsa is to die for. There are so many other places to eat that are so great such as Slurpin Ramen, Patras, Love Hour, Pikunico, Tribal Cafe, UbaTuba, and Michin Dak. We would hike around Elysian Park and Griffith Park. Hang around Echo Park and drive up and around the sunset strip. Santa Monica is also pretty nice to go to when it isn’t crazy packed. I love going to museums so I would definitely take them to The Broad, MOCA, LACMA, The Getty, Huntington Library, Museum of Death, CAAM, and Natural History Museum. To end it off, I’d take them to Still Life and do a fun pottery class with a glass of wine. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, Inner City Arts is a huge reason I am where I am today. That amazing non profit organization is how I got into Ceramics in the first place. They have offered so many different creative art classes that has helped teens from all over Los Angeles. Also, my inspirational art teacher Jennifer Lemvo. Ms. Lemvo is also another reason why I decided to pursue ceramic art. Apart from being an incredible, knowledgeable instructor, she has inspired me to do what I love and what makes me feel proud and happy to make. She has always believed in me since I was 15 and I can’t ever thank her enough! Lastly but definitely not least, Still Life Ceramics. Still Life is an incredible team a have been apart of since 2019. I have met so many different artists and studios through Still Life and have expanded my knowledge in ceramics and how it is to help run an awesome ceramic business.I am able to create, teach, and learn to keep moving forward with my craft and creating funky beautiful pottery.

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