BiondaI like to say that I am an artist, a designer, and a lover of color and pattern who is lucky enough to live, dream, and create in Tuscany, Italy.  I have been tinkering with all aspects of art from a very early age, starting with painting classes from the local Augusta, Georgia YWCA.  I continued with a BFA in painting from the University of Georgia, jobs with art museums and galleries, and assisted artists’ careers as an independent art curator.  I credit my love of tableware to my mother who saved countless coupons to gift an entire set of Winn Dixie china to me for my college days.  That was just the humble beginning of a passion that seems to never end. In 2000, I (and my then business partner, Margaret Niblett) started BIONDA-BRUNA, a design and import company focusing on hand-painted Italian ceramics.  This passion fueled yet another, my love for Italy.

In 2005, I decided to embark on the adventure of my life.  I packed up everything (including my adorable dachshund, Ciccia Maria) and set off to experience a whole new culture…I moved to Italy!  I now live among the olive trees in a classic Tuscan stone farmhouse that dates back to the 1400’s.  We, with my Italian Dino, enjoy a simple life full of many dogs, a cat, nature, food, and, of course, wine.  Inspiration abounds and each changing season brings a new outlook for design.  The view from my studio window beckons me to create a little something new every day.

Over the past 20 years, I have continued to build on my reputation for creating high quality, design oriented accessories for the home.  Stylish yet functional, the Laura Fair brand of distinct products can be seen in retail stores across the United States including Target, Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, and small specialty boutiques.

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