Born in Vancouver, Laura’s family moved far north to the Yukon when she was 8. She traces her affinities to craft and color partly to her childhood there. Due to the extreme winter conditions, children played largely inside. Laura’s parents and teachers went to great lengths to obtain a myriad of supplies, reading material and instruction in all kinds of craft. Laura was profoundly shaped by the remote, rugged, quiet beauty of the land, and developed an appreciation of the rich, moody light that results from the sun being very low in the sky in the winters there, with seemingly extended dawn and dusk. She was mesmerized by the unusual and intense color in the surroundings, and in the brightly colored parkas worn by the natives and by the vibrant colorful paintings of northern scenes by her high school art teacher, the well-known painter Ted Harrison of Wingate, England. Laura casually applied to Pilchuck Glass School in 1997 without awareness of its status as a groundbreaking learning facility in the glass world. Within a year, she had met the William Morris team, who quickly became a pivotal source of inspiration and support in her glass making and design pursuits. Through this association, Laura met Shelley Muzylowski-Allen, and began an ongoing apprenticeship in 2001. Her work with Shelley has been deeply influential for her career as a glass artist.

“Glass is an ever-challenging and enchanting medium: it requires one’s entire focus and patience for extended periods of time. It is a balance between discipline, and abandon; between shaping the glass, yet also allowing the nature of the glass to shape you. I don’t go more than 30 minutes without a thought about glass and what I want to do with it next. Glass is an everyday material, yet can produce an endless array of exquisite and extraordinary results”. – Laura Murdoch

Laura Murdoch’s CV


Laura Murdoch Embellish #20 35

Embellish #20  2018
Blown Glass  35″H


Laura Murdoch Embellish #1 21

Embellish #1  2018
Blown Glass  21″H


Laura Murdoch Embellish #2 24

Embellish #2  2018
Blown Glass  24″H


Laura Murdoch Embellish #3 28

Embellish #3  2018
Blown Glass  28″H


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