Creating art and beading began for Laura when she was a child. Her mother, a very talented artist, taught her beading on a loom while sharing the importance of creativity and originality.
Training in art, color, theatrical costuming, glass lampworking, metalwork, wirework, beading and communication have led Laura to teaching the art of beadwork. Her extensive background in theatrical costume design has provided a great deal of related experience, especially in the area of color selection and tonal relationships. Favorite past productions include Costume Designer for "Cats" and Jewelry Designer for "Evita". She has been taking classes and now teaching at the Bead and Button Show for many years.
Laura has taught throughout the US and Europe, including teaching for Swarovski and Toho Beads. The German bead magazine, Perlen Poesie, featured Laura in their 4th issue. In 2014 Laura was a designer of the year for Beadwork magazine. Her work has been featured in many publications and used to advertise Bead & Button Show, Beadfest and Beaders Best Bead Fair.
As a recognized international designer and instructor, Laura is eager to share her love of color, design and bead artistry.
Laura had the opportunity to tour the Miyuki Shoji Bead Factory in Japan and train with a master instructor in Tokyo. Japanese art and culture has provided her with tremendous inspiration, as have the long walks along a beautiful river near her home in Minnesota.