A graduate from the Young Ladies Academy in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, before the turn of the century, Laura M. Smith (later to marry Gibson Haste) embarked on a life journey embracing the art of painting on both china and canvas. Along with this came work in the process of firing 18 -22 Kt. Gold to both painted ornamental plates, and functional serving pieces. China pieces surviving today are near their original condition and show little or no deterioration in color, gold or glaze.
Laura Haste studied art in Budapest Hungary. She later taught art school at her home in Newark, New Jersey, and also taught classes at Gimbals in New York City. Her work sold well, even through the depression.
Information provided by Jeffrey Burchard of Burchard Galleries