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I am interested in the connection between our physical body and how we control our psychological condition. Using the tool as a mediator and signifier for control the function of these objects is to regulate the psyche through the body. The tool is a powerful symbol throughout human history, it is the way that we have evolved, survived and healed. Since the beginning of their incorporation into human activities we have been using tools as an extension of our hands and our hands an extension of our minds. The tools that I make are objects that embody feelings of loss, grief, and melancholy. These devices outsource the mourning process onto the body physically so that they are not entombed in oneself. These essentially become tools of a pseudo science that can enact control if only through the powerful suggestion of a placebo much like how a tent revival pastor can cure the sick through his hands or the folkloric tales of generations past generated their curing superstitions.

Laurel Fulton was born and raised on the front range of Colorado. She received her BA in photography and art education at the University of Northern Colorado. She then taught high school art in Colorado for several years before pursuing her own art making endeavors at Pocosin School of Fine Craft in Columbia North Carolina as a resident artist. After ending her residency she began graduate school at University of Georgia Athens where she continues her studies for the next two years.



2017-2020   University of Georgia Athens, MFA in Metalsmithing

2007-2011   University of Northern Colorado, BA in Art and Design


2- week Open Studio Residency, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, ME

Artist-in Residence, Pocosin School of Fine Craft, Columbia, NC

Teaching Assistantships

Jewelry Narratives: Collecting to Casting, Mary Hallam Pearse, Penland School of Crafts

Lost and Found, Bob Ebendorf, Pocosin School of Fine Crafts

Tool making, Tim McCreight, Pocosin School of Fine Crafts

Tin, Marlene True, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Pewter, David Clemons, Pocosin School of Fine Craft

Torch Fired Enamels, Anne Havel, Pocosin School of Fine Craft

Teaching Experience

Pocosin School of Fine Craft, Columbia NC

Adult Metalsmithing classes

After School classes

Summer Art Camp

Horizon High School, Thornton CO

Visual arts Educator, grades 9-12

John Mall High School, Walsenburg CO

Visual Arts Educator, grades 9-12

Peakview K-8, Walsenburg CO

Visual Arts Educator, grades 6-8



2015         Body Suite: David Clemons, Penland School of Crafts

2014         Collections: Cappy Counard, Haystack Mountain School of Craft

2014         Steel Jewelry: Sarah Holden, Penland School of Crafts

2013         Steel and Skin: Rebekah Frank, Penland School of Crafts

2012         Ingot making: Jana Brevick, Penland School of Crafts

2012         Screen Printing, Rock posters: Jay Ryan, Penland School of Crafts

2011         Self Portraits: Myra Greene, Penland School of Crafts

2010       Alternative processes: Christina Z. Anderson, Penland School of Crafts

2009         Visual Narrative: Fritz Hoffman, 2009 Penland School of Craft


Group exhibition SNAG Student Show, OR

Group exhibition Trifecta, Trio, GA

Group exhibition Quadrennial: Four Years if Spectacular Buckles from the U.S and Abroad, Contemporary Craft, NC

Group exhibition Handcrafted Juried Exhibition, The Imperial Centre, NC

Three person exhibition Resident Artist Show, Pocosin School of Fine Craft, NC (With ceramicist’s Ben Jordan and Meaghan Gates)

Two person exhibition Subtext, Pocosin School of Fine Craft, NC ( with ceramicist Jen Dwyer)

Group exhibition Afterlife Exhibition, East Carolina University, NC


Group exhibition Edge Annual Gala, Edge Gallery, CO

Solo exhibition Delusions of Memory, Edge Gallery, CO


Two person exhibition New Member Show, Edge Gallery, CO

Group exhibition Month of Print, Edge Gallery, CO


Group exhibition Senior exhibition, University of Northern Colorado

Group exhibition WOW, CORE New Art Space, CO



Jewelry and Metals Survey (JAMS), Society of North American Goldsmiths


Awards and Scholarships

Mary Rosenblatt Scholarship, University of Georgia Athens

Graduate Assistantship, University of Georgia Athens

Frierson Graduate Fellowship, University of Georgia Athen

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.