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About Laura...her artistic side

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About Laura...her artistic side

Laura enjoys incorporating design into her life and sharing it with others. A lifelong collector of handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, and objects of art, her appreciation of fine craftsmanship inspired her to learn more about the artistic processes she loves. She currently explores ceramic and metalsmithing techniques with a variety of materials, textures, colors, and patterns to express her own artistic voice.


In 2023, she retired as an architect in the award-winning firm of Penza Bailey Architects, now a studio of PRIME AE. She gratefully embraces her Third Bloom chapter with a focus on spending more time with family and friends and nurturing her artistic side - architectural design at a much smaller scale.


Giving back to communities has been an important part of Laura’s life, and she is grateful to be able to support non-profit and professional organizations by sharing her architectural expertise and her artistic creations to help fulfill important community missions. 

Artistic Statement

My artistic work is an expression of my love of architecture and my passion for hand-crafted art for everyday use.  Inspired by the geometry of Architecture and Nature, I enjoy combining different materials, textures, and colors.

Architecture thoughtfully connects materials and forms to design functional spaces that bring shelter, function, efficiency and even joy.  Art is very much the same - form follows function at a much smaller scale. 



Miscellaneous Art Education

AaHaa School for the Arts,

Telluride, CO

   Silver Ring Basics

The Artist Corner, Baltimore, MD

   Stained Glass

Cincinnati Art Museum, OH

Spitzmiller Art Studio, Cincinnati, OH

Baltimore Clayworks

Since 2009, I've enjoyed learning about many different techniques from wonderful instructors:

Kyle Butler

Deborah Bedwell

Patty Bilbro

Amy Carnahan

Jim Dugan

Peggy Fowler

Yoshi Fuji

Tim Sherman

Gary Slavinsky

Pamela Theis


University of Cincinnati,

Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP)

      Cincinnati Ohio

Bachelor of Architecture, 1982

Six Year Co-Operative Program


Architectural Registration,

      Maryland, 1985

LEED Accredited Professional, 2009

Summit Country Day High School

      Cincinnati, Ohio

Graduated 1976


Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Foundations Painting I, II

Oil Painting, Watercolor

Advanced Lighting Applications

      Bruce Dunlop, Glenn Shrum

Lighting Applications

      Bruce Dunlop

Intro. to Lighting Applications

      Glenn Shrum

MICA Jewelry Certification

2013, Summer Introductory

     April Woods

Baltimore Jewelry Center


Industrial Color, Elliot Keeley


Production, Jenn Parnell


Precious Metal Clay, Erica Bello

Materials Refresh, April Wood


Raw Stone Settings, Jenn Parnell

Radical Jewelry Makeover, April Wood

Granulation, Beth Pohlman


Repetition, Beth Pohlman

Professional Development Workshop, Heidi Lowe

Color Applications, Jenn Parnell


Introductory, Beth Pohlman

Professional Development, Rachel Timmins

3D Enameling, Jenn Parnell

Cold Connections, Kirsten Rook

Anodizing, Shana Kroiz


Introduction, Earrings, April Wood

Die Forms, Shana Kroiz

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