Monday, June 21, 2010

Behind the Design - Laura Walls Taylor Pottery

This week's Behind the Design features the talented Laura from Laura Walls Taylor Pottery.

Where does your inspiration come from?
It's a cliché, that inspiration can come from anywhere, but it's true.  I make what I like and that can echo our much-superior natural world mixed with a dose of sarcasm.

Do you have a spot you like to go that helps you feel creative?
I much prefer dirt over concrete and spend half my time in an amazing place where crickets and frogs take the place of busses and cars that fill my weekdays.

Where do you do most of your work?
My life is decentralized.  In the country, I throw pots in a shed shared with old stained-glass lamps, gardening tools and a water heater.  In the city, my casting and glazing are done in my basement studio.  Most of my painting is pretty painstaking so it's done wherever the light is best at the time.

How did you come up with the name for your business?
Laura came from my parents.  Walls changed from maiden to middle.  Taylor was added when I imported my husband.

Your favorite thing to make?
Pottery is immediately gratifying and is the most fun, for sure.  There's nothing like transforming mud into useful things to get centered, but the most fun part of the process is the big reveal when I open the kiln door to see the real transformations.

What is your all time favorite design from past or current collections?
I'm pretty into my Goldilocks bowls and my "elements" vases with earth, sea, fire, and water pinup girls.

You couldn't run your business without _________?

Coffee of tea?

Favorite magazine/blog/daily read?
Not really, but I like to see little chubby birds every morning.

If you could follow one person around for a day, who would it be?
First choice is a bee, but you specified a person so that would be Obama.

Do you have any hobbies or creative outlets other than your work?
We're trying to grow corn and other delicious foods, and I guess the creativity comes in keeping it to ourselves instead of sharing too much with gophers and birds.  It's not creative, but I love hiking and swimming in rivers. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world, money and time being no object, where would you go and why?
Alaska, New Zealand, and Madagascar.  Not necessarily in that order and I'm throwing in the assumption that long flights are no object either.

If you had to spend a year on a deserted island, what 5 things would you bring with you?
Husband, dog, sunglasses, water purification system, and a naturalist to help us.

Thank you Laura for participating in this week's Behind the Design.

Photos courtesy of Laura,

Laura can be found at:
Etsy shop

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