Laura turns bowls, vessels, and orbs from the fallen trees she reclaims herself or collects from arborists. Guided by a minimalist aesthetic, she begins thoughtfully with her careful attention on the design and proportions of each piece.
Laura’s artwork is inextricably connected to the freshly fallen trees she finds locally including Cottonwood, Elm and Locust. You’ll see piles of logs, root balls and gnarled limbs surrounding her studio. She waits patiently for her inspiration to be provoked before making exploratory cuts to reveal what is hidden beneath the bark.
Laura relies on BG (big girl), a massive home-built lathe to make the sculptural forms. She is drawn to monumental scale and tests the limits of gravity with the turnings of heavy logs. Over the years many collaborators have helped to design and modify this monster of a machine and Laura is currently exploring the addition of computer driven components to facilitate the initial shaping of the forms.
Particle Board Vase
Cutting Board with Turquoise Inlay
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