Often, I’m commissioned to create something out of clay that captures or generates a special memory for the owner. I like these assignments. They are humbling, fulfilling and terrifying all at once.
Some examples of recent projects include this memorial wind chime I just completed. It commemorates the love of a dog and its human. This particular animal was rescued and adopted. As a dog owner myself, I know the heartache when a favorite pet dies. Hopefully, this memento can provide a visual and musical reminder of happy memories as it gently sings and sways in the wind.
It’s the hair of this mask that has me excited. I’ve made similar shapes in the studio before. This one was commissioned by a local friend. I found a discarded broken construction broom several months ago and knew I could use it as part of a future project. Et Voila! I cut the 'well-worn' bristles to create the spiky mane for the mask!
I love it when customers send me photos of their purchases in use. Here are some recent examples. A baking dish (pictured above) purchased as a holiday gift and commissioned in a specific glaze color combination was put straight to use filled with a favorite baked grits recipe. An oval flower block can be used year round. This beautiful mantle display (pictured below) features local art and the vase filled with cotton branches. Seeing these photos evokes memories for me too. It makes me happy to picture customers using their ClayByLaura creations and reminds me that what I do is fostering new memories all the time.
What special memory can I create for you? Click on the photo above to begin!