laura stafford

The link between photography and metalsmithing may seem wide, but creating both brings me a sense of calm and joy.
All my worries melt away when photographing birds or making a piece of jewelry; I don't think about anything but what I am doing. Capturing the beauty and personality of a bird in a photograph is such a high. Creating a piece of jewelry around a special gemstone is so thrilling.
I enjoy all types of photography, but what brings me the greatest joy is photographing birds. Being able to capture their beauty is so exciting. I’ve had the honor of my image of a Pyrrhuloxia being selected for the cover of the January/February 2011 issue of the National Audubon Magazine. Two of my greatest accomplishments were having images published in two books: Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North American and Woodpeckers of the World.

I love creating jewelry and have evolved over the years. I love working with natural gemstones such as Turquoise, Lapis, Coral and Malachite, PMC3 and sterling silver. You will often see these stones used in my finished pieces. Last year I heard about a product called PMC3. Once I started working with this amazing product I never looked back. PMC3 (Metal Clay) is fine silver, which is 99.9 % pure silver. You can roll it, shape it, cut it, and form it with your hands. Yet, after the firing process you end up with solid silver you can file, saw, hammer and solder. Over the years I have been published on several occasions with my designs being featured on the covers of Simply Beads and Bead Trends along with a necklace and bracelet published in a book titled “Four Seasons of Beading.”

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