About Webster’s Works Wood’s Ceramics
In 1984, after taking a 6 week ceramic class in college, Laura J. Webster developed an interest in ceramics. Laura’s late Aunt June Stevens, at that time was an avid hobbyist but slowly looking to retire from this hobby.
After Aunt June sold Laura a few hundred molds, paints and a kiln, Wood’s Ceramics slowly began to grow. Working in a small corner of her basement Laura began making items.
Working in clay and having fun began to take a turn to displaying the finished pieces at small area craft shows and then into donating items for the developmentally disabled population to paint. As time went on husband Rick Wood, son Brian, and Laura’s late mother June Webster were introduced to the hobby further captivating the interests of others and increasing production.
Wood’s Ceramics became an official registered business in 1996, obtaining a partnership in 2001 as Webster’s Works, Wood’s Ceramics. More doors then opened to allow for larger, more recognized craft shows, fund raising venues, home parties and consignments in local businesses. During all of this, Laura was introduced to the late Jim Hansgate, her husband’s Uncle. Jim was a well-known artisan who manufactured molds to include creating forms in which some of the architecture in Buffalo, NY was repaired. Jim so graciously shared his rare knowledge, giving Laura many of his original molds, as well as the opportunity to obtain copyrights on her own molds. This was the onset of working in terracotta. Her work in terracotta is unique to this area, popular with home parties, consignments and garden shops.
Through the years, the business has been recognized for its creativity, uniqueness, contributions to the developmentally disabled organizations, and fund raising events. Rick and Laura work together to pour, clean, fire and add the finishing touches creating a unique home or garden accent.
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