Laura graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art. From there she went on to the University of Louisville where she completed a Master's Degree in Expressive Therapies. While there she learned from pioneers in the art therapy field. Laura is a working artist in east Austin and a 5th generation Austinite.
She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors, a Board Certified Art Therapist with the Art Therapy Credentials Board and the past President of the South Texas Art Therapy Association.
She works primarily in mixed media on paper or wood with a focus on art therapy and the healing power of creativity. Laura's prints and original mixed media pieces are available for purchase at Cloud Tree.
Brian David Johnson
Brian David Johnson has been designing and building custom furniture in East Austin since establishing his own studio in 2002. His focus has shifted in the past 6 years to a line of hand made solid wood decor dubbed BDJ Craft Works, though he still does custom commissioned work for select customers. Though functional in nature his decor line has a sculptural quality with decorative resin inlays. In the fall of 2015 Brian began utilizing some of the same techniques he developed in the making of his decor designs to produce sculpture as well as wall pieces. In the beginning of 2016 Brian established Cloud Tree and its store front gallery space, realizing the long held dream of having a place to show case his work in studio along with a curated collection of craft and art from many local artists. In addition the offerings available at the gallery space, his work along with his podcast Craft Works Dialogue is also available at bdjcraftworks.com
Bee Amour Jewelry is a unique line of bee-centric jewelry created by designer and backyard beekeeper Anna Gieselman. She was born and raised in Austin Texas and currently handcrafts each piece in her studio space at Cloud Tree. Anna went to art school in Santa Fe NM to study photography however all of her jewelry skills were self taught until she took a casting class and cast some honeycomb from one of her bee hives. Anna began keeping bees in 2009 and can honestly say there is never a dull day beekeeping! She continues to draw inspiration from these amazing creatures and uses her craft to raise awareness about the importance of pollinators.
In addition to running a jewelry company Anna also manages a growing urban apiary in partnership with Milk + Honey Spa and runs a beekeeping apprenticeship program. Every Bee Amour purchase you make supports her creative vision and mission to help save the bees.