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Laura Baxter

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

2 Frederick Street
Farsley
Pudsey
LEEDS

Biography:

“I collect, draw and photograph natural forms which prompt me to think about construction, shape and texture in different metals. A personal relationship with nature is central to my life and work”. Laura Baxter makes silver and gold jewellery inspired by botanical forms. Seedpods, buds, twigs and the internal structures of flowers are abstracted and magnified in different scales. The work is concerned with extracting and arranging individual elements of nature into three-dimensional compositions to capture a narrative within a frame. Designs reflect how plants change and grow throughout the seasons. Many pieces incorporate sound or moving elements. The intention of the work is to create wearable elements of nature. Collections include earrings, rings, pins, brooches, pendants, necklaces and torques and perfume bottles. Work is constructed using shaping, die-pressing, piercing and forging techniques. Surface texture and finishes are applied using roll-printing, punches and oxidising. Pieces are made to commission or as batch production ranges.

Specialist Techniques:

Die-pressing
Doming
Etching
Forging
Laser cutting
Oxidisation
Piercing
Punching
Hammering
Planishing
Roll-printing
Shaping
Bending and drawing wire
Soldering

Awards:

2003
Selected to join Photostore Selected Makers, Crafts Council

2002
Making & Showing Award, Arts Council, Yorkshire

2001
Personal Development Grant, South East Arts Board

1998
Publicity Grant, North West Arts Board

1997
Setting Up Grant, North West Arts Board
Setting Up Grant, The Prince’s Trust

1996
Silver Bursary Award, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

1995
Travel Award, Blaker Design School, Norway

Training College:

1997-1998 Manchester Metropolitan University, BA(Hons) 3 Dimensional Design - Wood, Metal, Ceramics, Glass.
1992-1993 De Montfort University, Foundation Studies in Art & Design.

Public Collections:

Laura Baxter’s work is in numerous private collections in the UK and USA.

Exhibitions:

2004
Solo Show, Plant Details New Jewellery,Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Valentines Collection, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Solo showcase, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno
Solo Showcase, The Harley Gallery, Welbeck
Midsummer Night’s Dream, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
Rarefind Summer, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
Scoop – The Spoon, Model House Craft & Design Centre, Llantrisant
New York International Gift Fair, Jacob Javits Center, New York City
Solo Showcase, Jane Moore Contemporary Jewellery, Leamington Spa
Chelsea Crafts Fair 2004, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
Alchemy, The Craft & Design Centre, City Art Gallery, Leeds
New Member Focus, Contemporary Applied Arts, London Christmas
Solo Showcase, Grace Barrand Design Centre, Nutfield
Jewellery Exhibition, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton
Christmas Show, The Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford

2003
Natural Forces, Crafts Council Shop, London
Chelsea Crafts Fair 2003, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
Flavour of the Month, Jam, Eton Applied Arts, Windsor
Rarefind Spring, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
Solo Showcase, The Architecture Centre, Bristol
New York International Gift Fair, Jacob Javits Center, New York City
Solo Showcase, Derek Topp Gallery, Matlock
Great Yorkshire Talent, Kath Libbert Jewellery, Saltaire
New Formations 5, The Lighthouse, Glasgow

2002
Inhorgenta, Munich, Germany
Top Drawer Autumn, Earls Court Two, London
The Hay Festival, Bowie & Hulbert Gallery, Hay on Wye
Group Summer Show, Pyramid Gallery, York
New York International Gift Fair, Jacob Javits Center, New York
Chelsea Crafts Fair 2002, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
Raw, Rufford Craft Centre, Ollerton, Newark
Showcase, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
Solo Show: Seeds, The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2001
Solo Show, The White Gallery, Hove
Solo Showcase, The Contemporary Craftsman, Monmouth
Chelsea Crafts Fair 2001, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
New York International Gift Fair, Jacob Javits Center, New York
Solo Showcase, The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Christmas Craft Exhibition, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

2000
Six of the Best, We Three Kings, Whitney
Solo showcase, Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge
Dazzle, Manchester Town Hall
Dazzle, Glasgow
Top Drawer Autumn, Earls Court Two, London
Group showcase, Design Yard, Dublin

Publications:

‘Necklaces & Pendants’, Liz Olver, A & C Black Publishers Ltd, UK, 2004
Chelsea Crafts Fair Catalogue, Crafts Council, 2003
Buyers Guide to Contemporary British Metal, Crafts Council, 2002


  • Laura Baxter

    Circular Plant Detail Brooch

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    Rings- Bunches Of Plant Stems

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    Stigma Stamen, Twig & Clover Necklaces

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    Euphorbia Stem Pendant

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    Plant Detail Stem Earrings

  • Laura Baxter

    Pendants- Bunches Of Plant Stems

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    Bud Brooch

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    Stigma Stamen Brooch

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    Lucky Clover Brooch

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    Plant Detail Grid Brooch