Laura Wood is a full-time jewelry artist living in Penland, North Carolina where she is a current resident artist at Penland School of Crafts. Her work has been selected for many exhibitions throughout the United States, including The Contemporary Jewelry Show at the Penland Gallery (NC), Shift: Makers that Define, Expand, and Contradict the Field of Art Jewelry at the Grunwald Gallery (IN), and the Lydon Emerging Artist Exhibition (LEAP) at the Society for Contemporary Craft (PA) and as a 2015 SNAG Emerging Jewelry Artist at the annual Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art and Design Expo (SOFA) in Chicago, Illinois.
Her work can be found in select galleries in the United States and in the permanent collections of the Gregg Museum of Art at North Carolina State University and The Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin. Publications include, 500 Paper Objects (Lark Crafts, 2013), Behind the Brooch (Shiffer Publishing, 2014), American Craft (2012), and Metalsmith (2014).
Laura was the founding voice of the annual ECU Symposium (2010) and is a co-founder of Jewelry Edition (2013), a creative project aimed at facilitating the growth of jewelry artists. Laura was a recent speaker at the annual Yuma Arts Symposium 2016. She earned a BFA from the University of Georgia and an MFA in metal design from East Carolina University.
My interest in body as site began with self-expression through dance and performative arts. The human form, as a result, offers continual inspiration in how I create jewelry. Though my work is sculpturally autonomous, it is intended to have a direct relationship to the body, as another dynamic canvas through which to facilitate tactile transformation while pushing the line into three dimensions. The collaboration between body and object is given deep consideration when choosing scale and material. My physicality, as an expression of my creativity, has shifted to the creation of these sculptural forms while seeking to maintain the lyrical elements that both creative outlets share. Limited production and one-of-a-kind pieces are made with the same integrity. It is my goal to make well-crafted jewelry accessible to everyone who regards art as an essential element of our culture. Exploration of techniques and the lineage of jewelry history inspire me to challenge my work to evolve alongside new technologies and processes.