LuRu has been creating ceramic work since 1992. She earned her BFA in Ceramics from OSU in 1995. For the beginning of her career she predominantly made large scale figurative sculpture. Increasingly, she began incorporating more materials into her works. This mixed media bent led her to pursue a masters degree in sculpture. While in graduate school she explored metal fabrication, casting, textiles and video. After earning her MFA degree in 2004 from LSU, she worked in education and special events. Upon moving to Florida, she spent five years designing gallery receptions, city wide festivals and corporate events. Although creating decor schemes was akin to large scale installation art, in 2009 she left the industry to return to her art. She started Tortuga Tile Works and has been creating artisan tile and ceramic wall pieces ever since. She is also one of the founding artists of Florida Day of the Dead Celebration and the Fort Mardi Gras Krewe of Nammu Parade, for which she helps manage and creates large scale paper mache floats and puppets.
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