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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…

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  • Joined April 19, 2011

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Laura Shapiro Studio Furniture

About

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 made with poplar and birch veneer panels, finished with multiple layers and glazes of oil based enamel paint, applied by hand.

I've lived in the Catskills since 1989, surrounded by natural beauty and wildlife, all of which helps fuel my work.

I encourage people to consider ordering a custom piece, small or large, as the dimensions of items I've listed here may not fit people's needs.


Please check out my website:
www.laurashapirostudiofurniture.com

and like my Facebook page:
Laura Shapiro Studio Furniture

Thank you,
Laura

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