Ms. Laird has a wide range of experience, teaching and studying internationally.
In 1985 she moved with her young family to Nairobi Kenya, where she worked at the National Museums of Kenya on a United Nations Preservation project for the Island Community of Lamu, and as Professor of Art [Ceramics] at Kenyatta University. In 1994, Ms. Laird relocated to Bangkok, Thailand, where she carried out extensive research, visiting individual artists, traditional village production practices, and full-scale industrial ceramic factories. Sponsored by the Thai Government, Ms. Laird joined an educational tour of Industrial Production Facilities. Ms. Laird has also traveled through Mexico, documenting production methods that integrate traditional and contemporary industrial production. Her frequent travel throughout Italy, researching Italian Majolica from Deruta in the north to Vietri in the south, continues a life long habit of documentation, focusing on connections between local culture, artistic development and traditional practice. These experiences have been integrated into her teaching practice, bringing universal craft education practice to the classroom.
Current travel includes teaching a Majolica workshop at ‘The Amalfie Coast Music and Arts Festival’ based in Veitri su Mare, Italy, during the summer recess.
Current work uses porcelain, stoneware, and ornamental motifs, to bring into the foreground, and make precious, two ingredients of contemporary and historical significance, ornamentation and ceramic material. These two components, ornament and clay, are the background and foundation of much of what interests me, and what I have made in the past.
Ms Laird maintains a studio at her home in Takoma Park, and Flux Studio, Mount Rainier, MD.