Unique Housewares: Ceramics Featuring Naturalist Illustrations

If your new home design is in need of stylish ceramic dinnerware, Laura Zindel Design creates beautiful handmade pieces that are inspired by nature.

By Carly Bush
With inspiration from Laura Zindel Design

 

Every piece designed by Laura Zindel is instantly recognizable. Whether it’s a framed drawing from one of her various nature-inspired art collections, or a chunky piece of jewelry, her style is consistently down-to-earth, warm, and peaceful. Laura’s distinctive earthy and pastoral style is inspired by the woodland animals and natural flora found in Laura’s hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont.

 

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Working with clay and ceramics in her home, Laura intricately designs everything from ceramic dinnerware sets to jewelry to handmade Christmas ornaments. Unlike many other designers of commercial tableware, Laura has remained true to her roots and staffs a trusted and close-knit team of Brattleboro-based artisans.

 

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This means that every piece of daily-use artwork that you display in your curio cabinet or set out for a dinner party has been designed by hand with love and care, and fired to life in a local kiln.

 

“Each design still begins with me, a bag of clay, and a pencil,” Laura says.

 

In addition, every innovative collection of drawings has a theme curated by Laura, and they are highly diverse. If you love the Northeast’s characteristic charm, there is a collection of woodland animals inspired by New England, including foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels, and hares.

 

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If you’re a birdwatcher, there are more than enough options for you to choose from, including game birds, owls, and songbirds. The sea creature collection includes sand dollars, starfish, sea horses, and all kinds of shells.

 

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Laura came by her artistic talent honestly. Her passion for art and design was ingrained from an early age.

 

“One of my first memories is of me and my dad laying around with the Sunday comics spread out on the floor,” Laura explains. “He taught me how to draw by copying the 'Peanuts.'”

 

At the time, this experience was memorable simply because she was with her father doing something fun just for the two of them. But it was to be a highly formative memory for Laura. Over the years, her appreciation for art only grew, although she gradually combined her first love for drawing with the more unique medium of pottery.

 

After obtaining two degrees in ceramics, including a BFA from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, and a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Laura and her husband Thorsten Lauterbach started their small business in 1997.

 

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Their idea was to combine Laura’s two fascinations: the practicality of the turn-of-the-century arts and crafts movement, and Victorian curiosity museums, which showcased oddities from the natural world.

 

In addition to handmade ceramics, tableware, textiles, and art prints, you can also write to friends and relatives on Laura’s old-fashioned notecards. The sepia tone of each Kraft paper print adds a touch of whimsy and makes a nice alternative to mass-produced notecards. Each set of cards include four unique animal and bird designs. Simplistic packaging with a charming rusticity is always popular around the holidays. You can even purchase matching Kraft envelopes from the Laura Zindel shop.

 

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It’s well worth making the trip out to Laura’s studio and showroom in Brattleboro. Her pieces are ideal for decorating cozy rustic interiors.

 

Open to the public, Laura’s studio and showroom are located at 22 Browne Court, Suite 120, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Business hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

For more information, call 802-254-8930, or email customerservice@laurazindel.com.

 

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