Laura Hallock was born and raised in New Orleans. In 1983 she took her first stained glass class, and right from the start, she was hooked. Her first project was a small panel with an iris in the center and, though it was far from perfect, she loved it and found the craft fascinating. She also became interested in glass fusing and purchased a kiln. Soon after, she was introduced to bead making, and out of that grew a natural interest in using those beads to make jewelry.
In 1987 Laura moved to Lexington and settled in to the local art glass community. In 1990 she was juried into Kentucky Crafted. In 1995, she opened her own retail store and since then she has had the great privilege of working with hundreds of students, teaching them the art of making stained glass.
Laura has drawn much of her inspiration from the stained glass works of Frank Lloyd Wright, using drafting tools to create the designs and shapes that are prevalent in his work. She has always been attracted to the variations in colors and textures of glass and loves working with it. Melting a rod of glass with a torch is especially fascinating. There is no challenge she enjoys more than assembling a leaded panel, with the individual pieces like a puzzle coming together into a beautiful work of art.
Today, her store’s logo bears the same iris motif that she started with 25 years ago. After all these years of creating stained glass, she's never lost her passion for it.