March 29, 2022 • Jessi Kerner

Artist Collaboration: Laura Zindel

March 29, 2022 Jessi Kerner

Our partnership with Vermont artist Laura Zindel began ten years ago when JK Adams first started carrying her pottery in our Dorset, Vermont flagship store. We have proudly carried many different shapes and designs, of Laura's work, over the years. Our customer favorites being the woodland animals and birds that one would see looking out their windows. JK Adams is proud to introduce our Artist Collaboration Series with a selection of our JK Adams wood serving boards engraved with Laura Zindel's stunning illustrations. We also carry a selection of Laura's pottery.

Laura is an artist and designer who combines her passion for ceramics and naturalist illustration into unique housewares. Her work integrates techniques from the Arts & Crafts movement with modern industrial design practices and decorative arts inspired by the natural world.

Laura Zindel hummingbird illustrated board

A ceramist by training, Laura has always loved to draw with a pencil. Her initial drawings on the surface of clay with a glaze pencil ultimately led her to the transfer process for creating commercial works; her drawings are now silkscreened and printed as enamel transfers. This process also lent itself to repetition, allowing Laura to create exquisite surface patterns from her drawings on a wide variety of homewares.

Laura Zindel Design, the collaboration of Laura and her husband, Thorsten Lauterbach, has been creating beautiful objects for the home since 1997. Laura and Thor, along with a staff of local artisans, create Ô¨Åne ceramics, dinnerware, and housewares from their design and production studio in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Laura Zindel at work

The Art of Nature

Laura’s interest in nature and design is rooted in the simplicity of forms and truth to materials advocated by the Arts and Crafts movement at the turn of the last century. Drawn by their use of imagery and pattern making, her interpretive approach seeks to celebrate and preserve these methods in their relevance to the world of decorative arts.

In contrast to the pragmatism of the Arts & Crafts movement, Laura is also drawn to Victorian “Cabinets of Curiosities” — these encyclopedic collections, filled with treasures of art and wonders of the natural world, began in 17th Century Europe. These eclectic profusions of objects placed into cabinets with obsessive devotion touch something unexplainable and primal in Laura’s response to her art.

Laura Zindel's tools

Laura’s passion combines these distinctive influences — using handcrafted and industrial production methods in the creation of wares that reflect the beauty, curiosity, and variety of the natural world — to bring beautiful, daily-use objects to the homes and lives of all who enjoy her work.

Story & Photos courtesy of Laura Zindel Design.