For over 40 years, his ceramic studio has produced a full spectrum of architectural ceramics, pottery and tile in the arts and crafts and classical styles.
A native Californian, his work embodies the subtle colors of beach stones, sandy bluffs, foggy mornings, luminous skies and indigenous plants.
More than mere reproductions, each design is created and molded by Plumleigh and glazed in his own special formulations at his coastal San Diego studio creating artful designs that transcend into a contemporary aesthetic while maintaining timeless traditions.
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.