ABOUT LULU POTTERY
“With technology so abundant, I love making functional art that can be enjoyed and experienced everyday, and strive to create beautiful, timeless, and durable wares using simple tools and a strong passion.”
Laura Viren is a one-woman operation who’s been obsessed with clay for the past 20 years. Laura opened Lulu Pottery in 2013 to throw her own porcelain and runs a production studio out of her home in Bozeman, Montana. Laura’s mastery of the craft is executed in every step of the process through experimenting with forms, creating unique glazes and stamps by hand, and bringing her valuable years of professional production experience to the wheel. Her work features tangible feminine forms and subtle decorations that result in functional art. The unique, delicate clay is a handmade mix that provides a blank canvas of infinite possibilities and colors. As a result, Laura has been able to merge functional ideals with timeless techniques to create an understated, yet delightful quality to every piece. Translucent glazes, floral decoration, geometric textures, and mastery of porcelain throwing techniques make her work distinctive and sought-after throughout Montana.
Laura believes pottery is meant to be an experience. That we’re drawn to it because it’s both tangible and memorable, even the imperfections are part of the allure. A pot’s very existence waits for us to wake up in the morning to give it life and purpose. For when we drink a cup of coffee from pottery, we remember it. The way it felt on our lips and the form it takes in our hands. When we drink from pottery we are able to again and again enjoy the vibrant colors, the shape, and the textures that drew us to it in the first place. And also we realize the value of having a handmade piece of art — like a porcelain mug — becomes a conscious decision to support an artist. Laura’s pieces are one of a kind and create conversations. No two handcrafted wares will ever be exactly the same. That's the beauty of something that cannot be made from technology. It will always be perfectly imperfect.
COMMUNITY-FOCUSED, SUPPORTING SMALL.
Laura is focused on partnering with small businesses through handmade wholesale mugs and offers online pop-ups for pottery lovers to shop her own unique collections. As an artist, Laura loves to collaborate with others and has concepted pieces alongside fellow esteemed creatives, florists, bakers, and even jewelry makers. When Laura isn’t behind the wheel, you’ll find her snuggling Carl (her basset hound), having fun with her kids and family, and keeping her inner athlete thriving, playing competitive volleyball tournaments on the weekends.
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Rocky Mountain Bride, Montana Woman Magazine, Big Sky Journal, Bozeman Life, Dining Under The Big Sky, The Montana Scene Business Journal
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