About Laird Plumleigh
The ceramics of Laird Plumleigh Studios grace the homes of individuals throughout
the United States and include installations in such luminaries homes as Mel Gibson and
Barbara Streisand. His signature has been stamped on the face of San Diego with striking
fountains in Balboa Park and the University of San Diego. He has collaborated with
Studio Sofield in New York on installations in Gunnison Colorado and for the Kohler
family in Chicago.
His work has been featured in such books and magazines as “California Romantica”,
“Handmade Tile”, “Craftsman Style”, “Arts and Crafts Homes”, “W”, “San Diego Home
and Garden”, and "Sunset Magazine".
As a native Californian, gardener and surfer he draws on natural forms from his garden or the nearby Pacific Ocean: beach stones, kelp, shells, sea life
cacti and succulents. The glaze palette reflects the tradition of the Plein Air painters and the
special light of the West. Reflected in his work is the high fire tradition dating
to early Japanese ceramics and long departed California companies such as Ernest Batchelder and
Claycraft. These influences transcend into a contemporary aesthetic unmatched for their
creativity. His quest is to bridge crafts and fine arts using the media of clay and glazes fired
to 2250 degrees F.
On hand are more than fifty thousand ceramic tiles created from his specially formulated
clay and glazes representing decades of development and discovery. Clients are welcome to
establish an appointment to personally lay out their fireplace facades, fountains and backsplashes
from this inventory. This unique opportunity allows a very personal form of creation. Clients
often remark that this is the most creative experience they have ever engaged in.