Laura Potter was born in Stourbridge, Worcestershire in 1971 and took the Foundation course at Bourneville College of Art and Design before studying Jewellery and Silversmithing at the University of Central England in Birmingham from 1990-93 From 1992-95 she also worked as a hall-marker at Birmingham Assay Office. In 1997 she obtained her MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art in London.
Her work is concerned with the most personal aspects of jewellery wearing: emotions, memory and health. In 2003 she published LJP IUD which documents her work based on Intrauterine contraceptive devices at a family planning clinic Potter is not interested in the traditional jewellery hierarchies except as they illustrate meaning and she works with found objects as well as non-precious and precious metals.
She is also concerned with the ‘secret life of jewellery’ when it is unworn but kept for sentimental reasons or as hidden evidence; for this latter research she was a granted an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant for her project ‘My Life in a Sock Drawer’ which she completed in 2007 a href=http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/laurapotter/unwornjewellery/index.html>www.unwornjewellery.com.
She has lectured in Design at Goldsmiths College (London) since 1998, and was appointed to the RCA in 2005 as a tutor in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery.