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Laura Irmis wears many hats. As a Pinellas County art teacher and working artist, Irmis creates beautiful (and useful) ceramic pieces. Irmis sells her work at Florida Craft Art Gallery and local markets. You can tell her work apart from the rest by her striking use of bold color and telltale leaf-like detailing.

Years in Tampa Bay

44 (I am 45).

Hustle (job)

Creating and selling my ceramic work.

What do you do?  

Create art with clay.

Why do you do it?

Even as a young child I have always searched and responded to life through art. For me, it's therapeutic.

What was your Catalyst? (How did you get started?)

I touched clay. I fell in admiration for the feeling, texture and softness of the clay.

What’s a common misconception or unknown aspect of what you do?

Time. The time it takes to create a form, center it, trim it, fire it and then glaze it is many, many hours!

What’s the most challenging part of your Hustle?

Finding time. As a mother of three boys and an elementary art teacher with Pinellas County, time is always a challenge.

What’s the most valuable piece of business advice/insight that’s helped you?

Keep moving forward and try new things. I live by these words.

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