Meet the Artist

Laura Oldham lives in Lutherville, Maryland. She loves to be outdoors—and the natural world informs and inspires much of her artwork. While art has been a constant in her life, Laura got her degree in education and spent thirty years teaching at the elementary level. Bringing the joy of artistic expression to her students was an intentional focus of her career. Now retired from teaching, Laura is working full time as an artist. 

Laura has taken numerous art courses over the years in ceramics, painting, and drawing. She also has her certification in Arts Education. In 2012, she was introduced to the art form, Zentangle, and she embraced the depth of meaning that Zentangle holds, not only for creating art, but for living with greater mindfulness and equanimity. In 2015, she completed training to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). As a CZT, Laura loves to enhance her pottery with tangles—beautiful images that are mindfully created by drawing structured patterns using the Zentangle Method®. In addition to teaching others how to draw in this way, Laura continues to take classes and attend seminars. 

Turning True Studios is a space where movement brings art. Movement of the wheel, hands, and clay. Turning True Studios features handmade pottery as its central focus of art and includes a variety of functional art bowls, vases, cups, mugs, utensil holders, plates, and trays. She is inspired by the many colors, shapes and details found in nature which leads her to incorporate hand drawn natural elements into her designs as well. The majority of Laura’s work is created using the potter’s wheel. After the work has been bisque fired, she then uses underglazes to hand paint each design before applying glazes for the final firing. This past year, Laura has expanded her work to include greeting cards, tea towels, and other products featuring her artwork. Stay tuned as more designs will be released in the coming months!

Laura has been selected to exhibit her pottery in a number of juried art shows, including the American Craft Council’s Emerging Artist program. She has also had her work featured in Baltimore Magazine as part of their holiday ‘gift guide’. You can find her work online and at a number of local shows throughout the year.