Laura Elizabeth Mullen earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and obtained her Master of Fine Arts Degree from The University of Georgia. Currently Laura works as a Preparator at the Saint Louis Art Museum as well as being an active sculptor and metalsmith in the cast iron and art jewelry communities. Prior to her position at SLAM she was a Preparator for Laumiere Sculpture Park, and taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Fine Art Departments of St Louis Community College and St Charles Community College. Her work is sharp and innovative; combining metalsmithing techniques with material exploration to create a vast portfolio of work which comments on contemporary society as well as personal psyche.
Laura's work has been featured in exhibitions nationwide, most recently in Illinois for the Edwardsville Art Centerís exhibition Retro/Future. She was also highlighted in the Durango Arts Centerís TOP Jewels National Jewelry Design Exhibition, the Ohio Craft Museumís exhibition INSPIRED and in 2014 she was awarded the Emerging Craftsmen Award from the Ohio Designer Craftsmen. Her current work explores the jewelry technique of ďcast in place stonesĒ and inserts this use of faceted stones into the larger scale arena of resin bonded sand molds and cast iron.