Jean Ray Laury

Jean Ray Laury (1928–2011) was a fabric artist and master quilter, and a recurring featured artist in the California Design series of shows and chronicles. She earned her masters degree in design at Stanford University. She lectured, taught, wrote books, and created art. All were equally important to her. We had the honor of meeting Jean and her family years ago through an introduction by Stan Bitters. We had lunch at her Clovis, California, home, in foothills east of Fresno. The modernist structure was situated amongst trees, and bordered by a creek. The interior featured an expansive collection of mid-century modern furniture and art; her studio was at the home’s center. She was dedicated to and passionate about her work.


Stitchery panel "Peyote Patch" by Jean Ray Laury, part of the california design ten in 1968, sits behind a rattan and formed plywood bed by designer Danny Ho Fong for Tropi-Cal.


Three wood applique headboards designed and made by Jean Ray Laury and Joyce Aiken line the background, as featured in california design nine in 1965. In front, left to right, are a ceramic mosaic by Rosita Montgomery, a cloisonne enamel by Sue Ely Muchnic, and a mosaic by Esther S. Dendel.


A wood cut-out architectural panel by Jean Ray Laury and Joyce Aiken stands next to a ceramic sculpture by David Cressey in california design ten, 1968.


Holiday / Christmas felt applique on a wool background from the artist's collection, signature embroidered on bottom right corner.