Laura Shapiro's Profile
I started working in wood in 1986 in Brooklyn, NY with a jigsaw and scraps from the local lumber yard. The painted animal cutouts I made sold in stores in NYC and they quickly evolved into functional objects like mirrors and boxes and eventually furniture. I have a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, but I taught myself basic woodworking techniques and invented some of my own.
Working with wood has become second nature. I have a kind of fluency with the process, tools, materials and iconic language that exists in each piece. And the influences - ancient Egyptian art, African tribal art, medieval and craftsman furniture, and circus art - infuse everything I make.
I treat furniture making like sculpture, building it strong enough to function as an everyday utilitarian object as well as art. All of my pieces are…
- Joined April 19, 2011