She began making jewelry and selling it on the streets of San Francisco from tackle boxes.
Some local stores liked her work and they began stocking her creations.
She went to China in 1971 and discovered cloisonné, a kind of enamel work, with which she designed paintings and had the design transfered into earrings.
She used cast metal, wood, paper, porcelain, and fabric in her works. In an interview she stated: "I found metal in a junkyard and hammered it out on the back of an old frying pan".
She died in 2007 aged 61, at her home in Novato, California from complications of osteopetrosis, a painful bone disease she had her entire life.
- Examine the pictures of Laurel Burch's cats
- Compare Laruel Burch's cats with the cats of Rosita Wachtmeister
- How Keith Norval's cats are different from the cats of Laurel Burch and Rosita Wachtmeister