of her pieces is one of a kind, handbuilt and carved. She often
uses her own version of a Native American firing process called
blackware. She finishes her work with terra sigillata, a refined
slip that is rubbed to a sheen. After a bisque firing to make the
pieces functional and washable, she fires them with wood outdoors
in a three barrel kiln. When the fire is hot enough, the space between
the middle and inner barrels is filled with sawdust and covered.
The trapped carbon is permanently absorbed into the clay producing
unique earthy tones and flashings.
work is a part of the Minnesota Historical Society's permanent collection
and was featured on the Autumn Woods series of the PBS program Hometime.
Her tiles "Nuthatch" and "Blackbird in Reeds"
were awarded first place in the 2002 National 21st Century Tile
Exhibit, and "Two Blackbirds in Reeds" is part of the
permanent collection of the Leigh Yawkee Woodson Museum.
designs and hand builds finely crafted furniture and accessories
featuring Laura's blackwared tiles. Jim and Laura live and work
at their home on a lake in the woods of northwestern Wisconsin.
Their work is available through galleries, art fairs and private