Meet The Maker: Laura Aymara | The Chuffed Store Meet The Maker: Laura Aymara | The Chuffed Store
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Who are you, where are you from and what do you make?

I am a potter from London currently working in Sheffield. I make almost all my work on the wheel and it’s finished with glazes developed by experimenting with local raw materials. I am as interested in the processes of making, as I am of the finished piece itself (which often means a lot of time playing with materials and not so many finished pieces!)

What inspires you?

Being outside. I collect and process wild clays and locally sourced materials, which are applied to pieces as decorative slips or incorporated into glazes. I’m always on the hunt when I’m out and sometimes carry a little tupperware and spoon to gather up little samples of anything I find.

What is your workshop luxury?

Time! Enough time feels like the ultimate luxury. But also sweet things. I have a sweet tooth so mini eggs, a slice of cake etc. Anything sweet.

Your favourite studio lunch?

I’m almost never organised enough to bring a packed lunch and am guilty of powering through without. But there is a good falafel wrap  place locally that I sometimes get.

Best spot in the British Isles?

The Isle of Skye. My parents live there and I feel so lucky to be able to spend time there and completely switch off. It’s a magical landscape and actually often has surprisingly good weather!

What do you find challenging about being a creative?

Balance. It’s a constant battle to find the balance between throwing yourself into your work, but also carving out time away from it and not burning yourself out. I’m still learning.

What would you like to learn next?

I’ve been wanting to explore different firings and am taking part in a few wood firings over the coming months, as well as lending a hand building a gas kiln at my studios. All of this is completely new to me and I can’t wait to see my work and glazes fired in a different way and learn more about these techniques. Pottery is endless though and I feel like I learn something new every day.

How do you let your hair down?

I love going out for dinner! My favourite in Sheffield is Tonco. I recently also went to Joro, which was incredible.

 

What are you listening to at the moment?

Robert Glasper – Black Radio III

Rosalia – Motomami

I listened to Sweet Bobby and the Dropout recently too. I like a long podcast series.

 

What makes you feel well chuffed?

Seeing people using and enjoying my pieces in their homes!