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About Laurel Marie

Laurel Marie Sofia-Ravens is the owner and visionary behind Laughing Tara Living Arts LLC, a powerful resource for personal transformation. In 2000 Laurel received her BFA cum laude through which she discovered her intuitive and hands on creative gifts. The artworks she created became direct experiences and proof of the healing potential available through creative processes. Over the next 15 years Laurel would create an incredible number of artworks for public, private, and corporate sectors around the country, acting as both artist, project manager, and business owner for her own studio and one of the largest art glass studios in the world. In addition to her entrepreneurial experience she spent a great deal of time teaching in her private studio, in schools around the country and served as both a teacher and an administrator for Chemeketa Community College. As Laurel excelled, her studio grew. Laurel built a 8500 sq ft facility to house her business Glassometry Studios’ expanding growth. In 2013 Laurel felt the call to pursue a path she had left behind some years earlier.

Over the next several years, she turned her full attention to her education and travel; attending numerous trainings, attaining certifications and going on retreat with some of the most profound and accomplished spiritual teachers in the world.   Her path led her to study a wide variety of meditation and visualization techniques coupling both contemporary and ancient methods found in Vajrayana Buddhism. She has invested equal time and passion toward training in the area of Shamanic Ceremonial rites and methods for healing. She also returned to her intuitive art making process to create some of her most accomplished and sacred works that are not for sale.  She has spent time doing outreach in the community offering healing arts workshops and ceremony, and has built a beautiful medicine garden and sanctuary space in the woods near Mt Hood. Offering ways to understand the nature of mind, tend to our hearts, unleash our potential, and engage with life as a sacred opportunity is Laurel’s passion.

Laurel offers a rare blend of real world business experience, 20 years as an artist and teacher coupled with a rich background of intuitive and spiritual experience to her clients. She is passionate about tending to the whole person in the process of guiding her clients through the journey of transforming their way of living into a life that they truly love.

For more detailed information about Laurel’s education and experience you can see her Resume below

To connect with Laurel to have a free mentorship session, contact her at laurel@laughingtara.com

Laurel’s Artist Statement (We are all Artists of our own lives)

My satisfaction in living creatively comes through embracing the beauty, strength, grace, and freedom available to us when we choose to show up.   I am drawn to the challenges of living deeply and honoring the preciousness of life.    I am intrigued by the question of where we are from, and where we are going as intellectual, emotional, and spiritual beings.  I offer a safe and inspiring space to be curious about how one is living.  In a world where our daily lives are filled with repetition, the endless to-do lists and not enough time, I hope to give my clients breathing room to feel, think, and embrace the beauty and meaning in life so they can thrive and love their lives.  It is an honor.

Laurel’s Resume

Education and Life Experience

Northern Kentucky UniversityHighland Heights, KY.  B.F.A. in Sculpture, 2000, grad. Cum Laude.

Trekking the Himalayas – Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal – November 2017.

Pilgrimage to Bhutanw/Lama Tsultrim Allione and the International Tara Mandala Sangha – Oct 2017.

Under the Eagles’ Wing 9 month Mentorhsip w/ Intuitive Healer Shayne Case – Portland, OR – 2017.

Feeding your Demons 2 year Facilitator Certification Achieved – Tara Mandala, Pagosa Springs, CO – July 2017.

Vajrayana Retreat – w/Lama Tsultrim Allione and other teachers at Tara Mandala, Pagosa Springs, CO – July 2017.

Mandala of the Divine Feminine Retreat w/ Lama Tsultrim Allione atTara Mandala, Pagosa Springs, CO – May 2017.

Chinese Plant Medicine for Spiritual Alchemy w/88th Gen. Daoist Priest Jeffrey Yuen, Asheville, NC – April 2017.

Chinese Stone Medicine for Spiritual Alchemy w/88th Gen. Daoist Priest Jeffrey Yuen, Tucson, AZ – Feb 2017.

Kapala II Feeding Your Demons Training w/Lama Tsultrim Allione at Tara Mandala – Pagosa Springs, CO – July 2016.

1 Year Mayan Ceremonial Training Completed – Initiation as Priestess of the Ways of the Sacred Feminine.  w/Katie-            Keath Silva and Ann Druckers, Boulder, CO – July of 2016.

Kapala I Feeding Your Demons Trainingw/Lama Tsultrim Allione at Tara Mandala, Pagosa Springs CO – May 2015.

Introduction to Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches – The Meta Institute, Portland, OR April 2015.

The Excellence Series – Program – Context International, Bellevue, WA Oct 2013- May 2014.

Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.  Jeffrey Sarmiento “Graphic Collisions Workshop”  2013.

Alpha and Theta Meditation Training w/June E’estelle, Milwaukie, OR June – July 2007.

Reiki Levels I and II Training Margaret Joyce, Milwaukie, OR June 2006.

Louisville GlassworksLouisville, KY. Scott Chaseling and Karen Willenbrink, Summer 2003.

Penland School of Crafts, Sprucepine, NC.  Furnace Building with C. Correll, 2001.

Centro Studio Vetro, Venice, Italy.  Pate de Verre – Kimiake and Shin-ichi Higuchi, 2001.

Penland School of Crafts,  Sprucepine, NC, Architectural Glass – P. Marioni / A. Troutner -2000.

Cooperative Center for Study Abroad, Photography in Australia, Prof. M. Gootee, Dec 1999.

Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington, Michael Taylor, Summer 1999.

Art Academy of CincinnatiHot Glass, 1998-2003; Teaching Assistant,  1999-2002.



Laughing Tara Living Arts LLC, Hood River, OR, Owner, Alchemist & Transformational Life Coach, 2015-Present

One on One Transformational Life Coaching Programs

The Art of Self Love – Group Program

Community Ceremony Offerings

Programs, Classes and Retreats in personal growth, creativity, mindfulness and healing.

Glassometry Studios, Hood River, OR, Owner/Artist/Teacher.  2000 – 2016.

Lotus Landworks LLCDesigner and General Contractor for 8800 sq studio construction, Oct 2009-Oct 2010.

Glassometry Studios Select Clients/Commissions:

Radcliffe, Custom Cast glass, hot sculpted glass, steel, copper sculpture. 2012.

Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice LLp, Washington, DC. Custom glass wall sculpture. 2012

Multitude of small and large residential architectural glass and metal commissions through out N. America. (2000 -2016).

Smart Transit, Wilsonville, OR.  Two Custom glass and steel bus awnings.  2010.

Kiewit Bridge and Marine, Van Couver, Washington.  Glass and steel suspension bridge sculpture. 2010.

Peppermill Casino, Reno NV.  30 pieces of custom architectural glass, 2008.

Nikon, via Chevalier Advertising, Lake Oswego, OR.  350 glass displays for new product, 2007-08.

Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR, Art Glass Wall Sculpture, Building 48, 2007.

Barclay’s Gardens. Milwaulkie, OR. Suspended outdoor glass sculpture and “New Age” purchase 2007.

Black Horse Saloon, Bend, OR, purchase of 1999 work, 20th century American Goddess, 2007.

Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, Washington.  Zoomazium .  2005-06.

City of Wilsonville, OR, purchased “Flight of the Moon” sculpture.

Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon, Art Glass Coordinator. Feb 2006-Jan 2008.

Savoy Studios in Portland, Oregon.  Head of Special Projects Dept., Sept 2003 – Sept 2005.



Teaching and Visiting Artist Appointments:

Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR.  Adjunct Instructor, Nov 2006 – Dec 2007.

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. Visiting Artist. April 2007.

Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR. Sculpture Faculty, Summer 2006.

Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, Washington. Sculptural Glass Workshop, Spring 2006.

Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. Visiting Artist. March 2005

Maude Kern Arts Center, Eugene, OR. Artist Lecture Series, “Made for Interiors Exhibition” June 2005.

Oregon Society of Artists, Portland, OR. .  Lecture entitled “To be a Sculptor” February 2005.

Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR. Visiting Artist. 2004-2005.

Glass Axis, Columbus, Ohio.  . Visiting Artist/Pate de Verre Class. Aug 2003

Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT.  Pate de Verre Workshop. July 2003.

Louisville Glassworks,  Louisville, KY.  Visiting Artist/Glass Blowing Class. July 2003.

Art Academy of Cincinnati Community Education: Adv. Glass Blowing Instructor, 2003.


Professional Skills and Facility

Project Coordination: 1st hand experience in design, rendering, proposal, fabrication and installation.  Utilizes up to date technology such as water-jet programming and cutting, tempering, and safety lamination for necessary projects.

Glass: 3 kilns in house, 2 coffin and 1; 14ft by 8ft by 2ft kiln for large scale forming.  Cold-working capacity for small to large jobs.  Kiln forming including pate de verre, slumping, texturing, fusing, casting with plate and art glasses.  State of the art 400 lb hot glass furnace, 2 glory holes, bit ovens and other equipment for off-hand  glass blowing, mold blowing, and sculpting.

Mold and Model Making: Experience with wax, clay, plaster, silica, investments, ceramic shell, zircar mold mix 6, Gerry’s mold mix, Ransom and Randolph,  graphite,  poly-urethane, and rubber.

Metal: Fabrication studio including cranes and heavy duty welding equipment for large-scale fabrication.  Fabrication including forging, welding, plasma, torch, etc.  Bronze casting including ceramic shell investment, pouring, and chasing.

Computer: web design using Corel Draw 11, Adobe Go Live, Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator,etc.


Projects produced while Head of Special Projects

2003 – 2005  (most significant)

  1. Killough Cast Glass Shower Wall and cast rope trim.
  2. Killough dome window glass (slumped 1/2” opti-white glass)
  3. Moody Gardens Convention Center,  glass ceiling sculptures (fused glass birds) and wall hangings.
  4. Craig Stein residence, textured glass windows and railings.
  5. Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada.  Fused pearl tiles.
  6. Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.  10,000 fused dichroic tiles for presidential suites.
  7. Emeril ‘s Fish House, Las Vegas, Nevada.  Fused/textured/slumped chandelier and sconces.
  8. Emeril’s Las Vegas, fused/textured  3/4” glass countertops for hostess and decanter stations.
  9. Killough large outdoor light sconces and window, fused/textured/slumped glass.
  10. Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas, Nevada.  Ice Glass Mirrors.  Fused/slumped  tempered glass.
  11. Bellagio Presidential Suite, 1 1/2” x 52 sq. ft cast glass counter and 136 sq. ft art glass wall.
  12. Dichroic Tiles for the International Resorts Casino, Atlanta, New Jersey.


Juried  and Solo Exhibitions

2013  “Woven Light”.  Solo show at River Sea Gallery, Astoria OR.  June-July.

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts.  Lake Oswego, OR. June 21-23.

2011  “Prima Vera” Spring Group Show, Columbia Center for the Arts. April-May

Group Show at the Camas Gallery, Salem OR. June-July.

2008  “Lake Oswego Gallery without Walls”, Lake Oswego, OR 2008-2010.

“Keizer Public Art Walk”, Keizer, OR. 2008-09.

“Wilsonville Citizens for Public Art” Exhibition, Wilsonville, OR 2008-09.

2007 “Wilsonville Public Art Exhibition”  Wilsonville, Oregon.  2007-2008.

2006“Oregon Sculpture Exhibition” Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon, April 2006. “Loveland Sculpture Invitational”, Loveland, Colorado, Aug 10 – 13, 2006.           

2005 “Lake Oswego Public Sculpture Invitational”, Lake Oswego, Oregon, 2005-2006.

“Wilsonville Public Art Exhibition”  Wilsonville, Oregon.  2005-2006.

“Oregon Made For Interiors”, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon, June – July 2005

“Lake Oswego Chronicle Show”, Lake Oswego, Oregon.  June 24 -26, 2005.“2005 Sculpture

“Puyallup’s Downtown Gallery”, Puyallup, Washington, public sculpture exhibit, 2005-2006.

“Oregon Sculpture Exhibition” Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon, April 2005.

2004 “Wilsonville Citizens for Public Art” Exhibition 2004,  Wilsonville, Oregon. 2004-2005.

2003 “International Emerging Artists”, Tobin-Hewett Gallery, Louisville, KY. June-July.

“Massive Luminosity”, SS Nova, Cincinnati, Ohio. June.

2002 “Spring Salon 2002”, Limner Gallery, New York, NY. March.

“Clearly Kentucky, Studio Glass Artists”, Curated by Marta Hewett, The Carnegie Arts Center, Cov, KY.

2001  National Society of Arts and Letter, “Small Sculpture Show”,  Lexington, KY.

2000 “Women Force of the Millennium”, Lexington Living Arts and Science Center, Lex, KY.

1999 Visions V” National Competition, Cathedral Basilica, Covington, KY.



2005 2nd Place Award, “Oregon Sculpture Exhibition” Grants Pass Museum, OR.

Honorable Mention, “Lake Oswego Chronicle Show”, Lake Oswego, OR.

2001 National Society of Arts and Letters, 2nd Place in “Small Sculpture Show”.

2000 Art Institute Scholarship.

Three Arts Scholarship Fund Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, Grant.

1999 Northern Kentucky University Art Department Scholarship, “Best of 3-D”.







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