Laura Wood is a full-time jewelry artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. The Studio is located in west Asheville and is available to visit by appointment. 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.
Her jewelry is represented in galleries and exhibitions nationally and internationally and has exhibited in widely celebrated craft expositions including the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC, American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, MD, and Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art and Design Expo (SOFA) in Chicago, Illinois.
Laura’s work is among the permanent collections of the Gregg Museum of Art at North Carolina State University, The Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and The Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, CA. Publications include, 500 Paper Objects, Lark Crafts, Behind the Brooch, Schiffer Publishing, American Craft ,and Metalsmith Magazine.
Most recently, Laura completed a three-year term in the resident artist program at Penland School of Craft (2017-2020). She is the founding voice of the annual ECU Symposium (2010) and is a co-founder of Jewelry Edition (2012), a creative project aimed at facilitating the growth of jewelry artists. She earned a BFA from the University of Georgia (2007) and an MFA in metal design from East Carolina University (2011).