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Ross, Laura — Studio Clay

Prospect, KY


soda fired pottery, functional

Laura Ross built her home and studio along the banks of the Ohio River near Louisville, a setting that gives inspiration to her rich and earthy stoneware pots.


Growing up in a small town in Central Kentucky, Laura was influenced by the color and pattern of fabrics that her seamstress mother used. She began her career in art as a painter and earned both a BA degree in Merchandising and a degree in Art Education. After teaching high school art, Laura found her way to clay, studied under the esteemed potter, Tom Marsh, and received her Masters in Ceramics from the University of Louisville.


Laura has enjoyed making her living as a potter since 1985, exhibiting nationally in galleries and juried craft shows. Making pots has been a consuming passion for Laura, and her recent focus has been on pots for daily use – they are traditional in spirit yet expressive in personal form. Most of Laura’s work is thrown on the wheel and then altered to reveal the fresh, flexible nature of clay.


Laura is a juried member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing program, the American Craft Council, was a recipient of the Brown Forman Early Times Scholarship, and was a demonstrator/presenter at the 2007 NCECA Conference. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is published in numerous books and magazines.


Laura’s work can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville; Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea; and her studio showroom, Prospect, KY.