Vancouver Island potter Laura Gosnell, considers herself truly a resident of British Columbia- now residing in Chemainus, she has lived, studied and created all over this breathtaking province. Returning to Vancouver Island after residing in northern B.C., she feels at home nestled amongst coastal forests, mountains, and the Pacific, each of which influence her work. Equally influential are the years she has spent travelling the globe touring clay studios and wandering through galleries and museums.
Laura began working in clay in 1998, right after graduating with an environmental biology degree. Clay classes were a reward for completing her studies. Little did she know it would start her on an entirely different path of learning, most if which has been self led.
Not forgetting her science studies, Laura is driven to work in a sustainable manner and is exploring studio practices that reduce energy consumption and promote the responsible use of material. She strives to make beautiful work that endures, in hopes to counter the current consumer trend towards the disposable. Inspired by modern design and the breathtaking surroundings of the west coast, Laura's work echos beach glass and smoothly weathered stones with sketches of west coast life.