The day her college art professor took a close look at her drawings, life changed for Laura Mayer. Up until then, with an academic scholarship earned as the Valedictorian of her Ephrata High School senior class, she determined to major in business. But her professor saw unique talent not to be overlooked and expressed his opinion saying, “you are really good….Art major good!’
“My parents greatest gift to me was to tell me if someone else can do it…you can do it, too”, states Mayer. With that learned self confidence and the confirmation by her professor, it did not take Laura but one day to change her major and begin her journey with the art, finishing with a Fine Arts Degree, and specializing in ceramics. She holds a BFA in Ceramics/BA in Art Education from Brigham Young University.
“I love clay”, says Mayer, “it is fascinating to make a three-dimensional form out of nothing. I like the form, but I also like the decoration of its surface. This is where the painter in me comes out. I like making things that can be used daily…functional pottery. It is like a beautiful painting you can eat out of! It feeds you physically and spiritually. Some day I may make fancy sculpture and deep meaning things, but I like every day use of art. It makes art most acceptable, I think.”
“Sculpture is a passion of mine. When I was younger I used to go to Lowe’s Hardware and open up all the drawers and study the contents, trying to figure out how I could use every nut or bolt or fastener in a sculpture. I was developing my visual vocabulary and filing it away.”
Laura taught 6-12 grade Art for several years at the Waterford School in Utah, a very prestigious private school, where art was the core of things and all things radiated off the art. Her experience there taught her how much she enjoys teaching others and helping to unlock the sparkle they get, when the get it. But she was 800 miles from home. She came back. (We are glad she did.)
Once back and teaching community art classes and working at a hardware store, Laura had another inspiring person enter her world. With the great help of Jim Perdue, her loving partner (of now 10 years), she was encouraged to open ARTGARDEN in Ephrata. Was a great success for a time, but Laura had her eyes on Moses Lake.
Today, her new ARTGARDEN Pottery store on Third Ave is three times the size and the excitement within the community has ramped up, knowing Mayer has the ability to make this store…very cool. She is able to continue offering beautiful handmade pottery and artwork created by herself and other local artists in the gift shop gallery in the front part of the store. The new addition of a paint your own pottery studio in the middle of the store, let’s you be the artist, combining art and entertainment.
ARTGARDEN Pottery is also home to Laura’s working artist studio. Catch a glimpse of her latest creations in clay and more. Classes? Yes, classes will be available for all ages 3 to 103, in clay, watercolor, soldering, mosaics, jewelry and more. Check store for sign up dates and learn about the special events she has planned.
Discover your inner artist as you drop in anytime, pull a pot off the shelf and start painting. It’s that easy! Fun for all ages and no appointment required, stop in anytime.
ARTGARDEN Pottery::104 West Third Ave, Moses Lake
509.765.1333 or on facebook @ Artgarden Pottery, on facebook under Laura Mayer, or www.artgardenlaura.blogspot.com