What began as a love for drawing has grown into a burning passion – for wood burning! Lauren Passwater of Wood & Bean Studio 257 of the Flying Monkey Arts, traded in her pencil for a pyrography set two years ago, inspired by the challenge of translating one art form into another.  Her first piece of pyrography was a wood plate she created for her mom with a snowman and snowflakes. That grew into trying out the art on plaques and wall hangings, and has now expanded to a wide variety of items now available in the Wood & Bean Studio.

Seeking out naturally filled organic wood and re-purposing everyday items, Lauren creates functional art on wooden bowls, knife holders, pendants, shoes, wall hangings and more. Each piece contains intricate detail that takes a steady, patient hand. Lauren loves the attention to details, creating smaller and smaller pendants to keep challenging herself. She also enjoys the symmetry of mandalas and describes the process as ‘tediously amazing.’

Lauren believes that ‘the trying is more important than what comes of it,’ showing the importance of art in her life. She is available for one-on-one instruction and takes custom orders if you have an idea you’d like to see created! Just email her at Lauren@woodandbean.com

She also runs Rocket City Art Hops, bringing markets to breweries and providing an accessible platform for artists to get their product out to the public. These events are held once a month – for more information on those markets click here.