Laura Wood Studios

Laura Wood Studios

About The Artist

Laura Wood • Asheville , NC

Laura Wood is a full-time jewelry artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. Laura's creative practice began in dance and shifted to contemporary jewelry in college, at University of Georgia, where she was introduced to jewelry and metalsmithing. A performative arts background continues to influence her work. Sculptural forms are thoughtfully engineered for the body and are intended to contribute to a daily experience.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My primary material is non-ferrous metals - copper, silver and brass. I hand fabricate sculptural forms starting with sheet metal, cutting patterns and forming them over steel stakes and mandrels. The application of color is primary to my practice and I use industrial methods including powder coat, a heat-treated paint, and enamel, glass. Movement and an overall comfortable fit on the body is of priority when creating each jewelry piece. Close attention is paid to how the the lines of each piece will collaborate with the human form.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I enjoy the physicality of working with metal and the limitless opportunities there are to work in metal. In creating sculptural forms for the body, I am engaging with clients regularly and have the opportunity to witness the work being worn in the world. Wearing contemporary jewelry is an empowering experience and I am grateful to facilitate this for individuals to enhance their own individuality and style.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I began my creative development in the field of dance, this lead me to the arts and thus jewelry and metalsmithing. This personal history has influenced my approach in designing for the body and is why I believe I gravitated to this medium in the arts.