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Bruning Pottery

Larry Bruning

October 28, 1946 - April 19, 2021

We created a GatheringUs memorial to celebrate the life of Larry Bruning. Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort. Click on the heart to let us know you were here and to receive email updates. Thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial.

OBITUARY
Larry Bruning was a father, a husband, a talented artist, and a great man. He shared his kindness, passion, and skills with so many. And it is with them, that his memory lives on.
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  • Judy Smith
    I took a couple rounds of classes back in 2009. Larry was always so patient and encouraging and made me feel inspired to keep trying through my frustrations but at the same time proud even of my many oops and "learning experiences." He was so...  more
  • Melissa  Wilson
    I remember my first class (2011), I had no idea what I was doing. Larry was always encouraging and inspiring. Loved watching him on the wheel, he made it look so easy. My favorites were when he threw tall vases, it was the coolest thing for me. I...  more
  • Lori  Rekow
    I took a class at Bruning Pottery quite a number of years ago. I remember the evenings when it was chilly outside and it was so toasty warm inside from the kiln and Larry would have the music on while we were working on developing our skills. It just...  more
  • Margo Harris
    • Margo Harris
      Margo Harris I was so sad to read about Larry's passing. As I look around my home and yard, I have so many Bruning memories from the range of flower pots to the cobalt blue tea set and matching cups. I missed the conversations with Larry when the shop moved, and I...  see more
      • Jul 19
  • Kay Ditzenberger
    To our family, Larry was not only an amazing artist but he had a heart of gold and taught us a very, very important lesson.

    My son Ike has Down syndrome and Larry welcomed him with open arms to his pottery classes several years ago. Larry treated Ike...  more
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  • Bret Bruning
    Just wanted to share a fond memory of our family vacation in the summer of 1999 when we visited Glacier National Park in Montana.

    Dad used to talk about visiting this place, I'm glad we did. It was a highlight in each of our lives, but I think that Dad...  more
  • Diane Decker-Ihle
    Larry was an extraordinary potter, teacher, and human being. He calmly taught with a calm, quiet patience and humor with a twinkle in his eye. Were our pots amusing?
    I had not thrown a pot in over 30 years and it is like riding a bicycle, however, in...  more
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  • Ruthann Tobiason
    I "returned" to pottery about 13 years ago, long after my first experience during high school, and at a time when I was experiencing a great deal of stress. My choices were therapy or quit working, but then I saw the "Pottery Classes"...  more
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  • Lisa Sorensen
    I loved Larry’s love of nature!
    His photos of the joy were very inspiring & I share it! 🌷
  • Lisa Sorensen
    Larry told me of times so long ago about he and Judy as Scientologists in Oregon. I felt like he had seen so much life, progression and expansion that will create the great future he hoped for and contributed to.
    I had Larry & Judy create dinner-ware for...  more
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    Posting for Ky:

    My dad seemed to know how to help almost anybody. My whole life I've listened to conversations about him and there was always something. To quote is hard because the love for him was a sort of telepathy and usually not voiced in exact...  more
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    Posting for Lil:

    For me, there are so many wonderful memories.
    I enjoyed Larry so much. When he would come to Flag, we would sit together for long periods of time and just talk. There was never a moment lost and we would laugh and enjoy the environment...  more
  • Linda Goh
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  • Marge Young
    Judy, I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. You and your family have my deepest sympathy. He will be missed.
  • Meesun Dunn
    Larry was my first pottery teacher over 10 years ago. I was a total beginner and Larry's presence made my time at the studio very comfortable. He was always there for us and provided help with grace and warm heart. When I think of Larry, I remember...  more
  • Meesun Dunn
  • Richard Hall
    Relaying a message here from Bob McInnes, my landlord and someone whom was mentored by Larry as well as having worked at Bruning Pottery a number of years. I asked him what his favorite memory of Larry was:

    "He was my mentor. We used to load up...  more
  • Richard Hall
  • Jarrad Moss
    Memories I have of Uncle Larry and the family include the times they came to Idaho when I was a child. I was delighted to recieve an envelope of flies he had made. Now older, I appreciated the times he and Aunt Judy would take to see my family and I...  more
  • Mark Arnold
    Unlike many, I didn't know Larry so much from his skill as a potter and artist, but more from my association with him through our Church, where we worked on many projects and events together over the last 30 plus years. (I will amend that statement just...  more
  • Abby Dernburg
    I'm so sorry to learn of your loss! I just visited your site to admire your beautiful work.
  • Kaysee Kimmel
    Uncle Larry shared this advice with his great-niece Madisyn: the joy and purpose of a true artist is to share your art/talent with others. Madisyn was a teenager at the time and Larry’s words/encouragement left a lasting impression. Uncle Larry was a...  more
  • Melissa Van Dusen
    I feel so blessed to have known Larry. I first met Larry on my 25th birthday. I had signed up for a pottery class, and I was brimming with excitement to get my hands on some clay. Larry was so patient with me and would always show me whatever I wanted to...  more
  • Rosanne Hansen
    My very first class was on a day that it was flooding everywhere. I was the only student to make it in. I was blessed with a one on one lesson for throwing. Although my real passion evolved into hand building, I always have treasured that time spent with...  more
  • Heather Newby
  • Mark Arnold
  • Tammy Arnold
  • Paige Bruning
  • Kristina Borg
  • Kyra Ballas
  • Becca Otis
    It’s hard to put into words the impact Larry Bruning has had on people that have passed through his studio. Teachers always have impact, but Larry was a bit more than a teacher. He was the head of a wonderful clay community. So many fond memories are...  more
  • Tricia Tough
    Oh my gosh, I am so sorry to read this!! Larry was such a nice man. He helped me so much in my pottery skills and would go out of his way to help with my many questions when I first got started. He made a mug I loved so much that I copied the design...  more
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  • John Silvernale
    I first met Larry eight years ago when my daughter signed both of us up for pottery classes. It was a Father's Day gift from her. Little did I know at the time the true gift was getting to know Larry. He was a master at his craft and a beautiful...  more
  • Joel Rummell
    Larry was a great master of clay for me though I was not his greatest disciple of clay. He was always calm and patient with me when I was struggling with the clay.He taught me more about pottery than I oils ever hope to share. I continue to learn from...  more
  • Benita Undseth
    Larry's quiet nature would never appreciate accolades, but I smile when I think about his humor, and how "the girls" chatting away in class, would make him smile and laugh. We always worried we were too hard on him, but he held up real...  more
  • jane baer
  • Susan O’Malley
    • Susan O’Malley
      Susan O’Malley We entered Larry’s teaching with boundaries of respectful communication: no talk of religion, politics or personal health issues. We listened only to classical music. Many of us still hear his voice when we throw pots or share with a fellow potter,...  see more
      • Apr 24
  • Laurie  Ramberg
    • Laurie  Ramberg
      Laurie Ramberg I always enjoyed visiting with Uncle Larry. He was kind, thoughtful and calm and always had interesting insights. I love every piece of Bruning pottery I have and appreciate his artistic skill. My daughter Ayana will never forget what a great time she...  see more
      • Apr 24
  • Ann Pearce
  • Olivia Ostrow
  • MaryLou McCann
    Larry was a great brother in law and always gentle and kind. His pottery is a wonderful reminder of his artistic talents. Rest In Peace Larry, you will be missed. 💛
  • MaryLou McCann