Laura stumbled upon pottery because she was looking for an outlet to complement creative writing. After a few pottery classes in handbuilding and wheel, she realized handbuilding was more of a natural fit for her. Thanks to Tim Cherry, a creative and encouraging pottery instructor in Raleigh, Laura continued to pursue handbuilding classes.

One project in particular appealed to her during a class in 2014. Using a blown up latex balloon as a mold, the clay was formed on top and around the balloon to create a “cover.” The technique called for tearing pieces of clay and piecing them back together on to the balloon. As you can see below, the balloon is recessed into a bowl and remains there until the clay dries. Once dried, the bowl is flipped and the bottom is patted flat.