Having completed both a BA and MA in Design at Plymouth University, Laura specialised as a Designer Maker, working in ceramics. At the heart of her work is the exploration of site-specific folklore in Cornwall, where she lives. This is expressed through choice of materials, pattern and illustration. Folklore is about the everyday and being reachable. The stoneware clay comes direct from an ancient pit in St Agnes just a few hundred yards from the sea, along with the some of the key glaze ingredients of china clay and tin which played such a vital role in Cornwall’s mining history.
The work is hand thrown, brushed with the dark slip, then decorated using a sgraffito technique, before being dipped in a white tin glaze. These layers and brush marks that you can see represent the idea of storytelling being passed down through the generations, much akin to Chinese Whispers, some parts are brushed over and lost whilst other marks are clearly there for us all to see. The slate/blue colour is a reminder of the moors, skies and sea. All these separate elements are pulled together with a pinch of fun using functional vessels as a canvas.
Living on an organic smallholding with her young family, the sense of sustainability, fair-trade and keeping things local are key elements in her working, as well as family life.