Producer of the Week: Greg Laut, Balloon Artist

Greg Laut creates a balloon figure for a young market patron. Photo courtesy of Copper Lantern Pictures.

Greg Laut creates a balloon figure for a young market patron. Photo courtesy of Copper Lantern Pictures.

What do unicorns, swords, flowers, laser guns, and strawberries all have in common? Can you guess? Well, when they’re expertly crafted out of multi-colored¬†balloons and amazingly life-like, they have the balloon artist Greg Laut in common.

“I was introduced to balloons in my high school’s juggling club,” said Greg. “The sponsor of the club’s wife made balloon animals and she showed us how to do a few of the basic shapes.” Greg’s knowledge and skill level increased with more formal training over time.

Greg believes anyone can learn his craft. What it takes, he shared, is “determination and a bag of quality balloons purchased off the Internet.” For anyone who has ever had a bad experience trying to inflate and twist balloons into figures, this insight may seem improbable. Yet, Greg encourages people not to get discouraged. “Most balloon kits bought in stores come with bad balloons which tend to set you up for failure,” he said.

Using his high quality balloons, Greg produces a wide range of figures that delight UM Farmers Market patrons of all ages. Some patrons request figures that are reasonably straight forward; however, some patrons make rather interesting requests. “I have a bunch of strange requests for balloons,” Greg said. “The one that sticks out to me the most is a double helix, requested by a very intelligent little girl who looked to be about 10 or 11-years-old.”

Whatever the request, Greg really enjoys his artistry. “My favorite thing about doing balloons is undoubtedly the little and big smiles I see when people are given the finished balloon.” That’s because Greg produces remarkable balloon creations that delight patrons every time.

PRODUCER’S SPECIAL: In honor of the July 4th weekend, you can request a patriotic-themed balloon creation from Greg. Please be sure to stop by and say hello to him!