Artist ~ Laura Winward ~ South Kingstown

Artist’s name: Laura Winward
Business name: Honey Hive Handcrafts
Location: South Kingstown, RI
Etsy shop:

1. Tell us about your work
I have done crafts of one type or another for as long as I can remember, and I've sold at craft shows for almost as long.

I'm a research biologist by day, store owner (Waves of Creation in Wakefield, RI) by afternoon, and mom and wife by night.

I started making bath and body products back around 2000. At the time, I was making beeswax candles (hence the company name), and wanted to put together a bath basket (back then, they weren't called "spa baskets" yet). I was at a show with someone who had bath and body products. I was intrigued that she had made them, so I bought some. I was hooked on the spot.

Being a research scientist by training, I spent the next months, even years, diving into everything bath and body, learning all I could. It took me 3 years to get the nerve to make my first batch of cold process soap.

Actually, my research continues to this day. There are always new ingredients coming to market, new findings in the literature, and new creative ideas to try. Creating candles and bath and body products allows me to have an outlet for my creative side.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter?
I guess I started out doing craft shows because you can only give away so much of what you make before everyone you now has some! I enjoyed doing the shows and interacting with the public as well as other crafters. Once I started focusing in on specific products instead of trying to be everything to everyone, I realized that there was a good market out there for my products. Besides doing craft shows and having the website and etsy, I opened a retail store called Waves Of Creation in Wakefield RI in 2008. It is an artisan gift store that represents over 100 RI and New England artisans. Part of my motivation for opening the store was because there were not many winter/spring shows for artisans to display at, and I felt like it was a service I could provide.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Everywhere, but especially from other artisans. I'm always amazed at the beautiful products other artisans come up with. I'm also a sweets freak and a food lover, so I think some of my inspiration for bakery themed products come from that.

4. What’s your favorite item to make? 
Bakery/Food Candles and Cold Process Soap

5. What’s your best seller? 
Bakery Candles

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island? 
25 years

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
The natural beauty of the state and how such a small state can have so many types of areas-beaches, historic homes, a great city, forested areas...the list goes on and on.


  1. How awesome! I love this. I'll have to check out the shop next time I am down in the Wakefield area!! :)

    1. Thanks Melissa! I'm looking forward to doing the same!

  2. What a cute pie candle! I love supporting local artists- I'll have to go check out her store :)

    1. Thanks Michelle! I'm looking forward to my next trip to Wakefield, too.

  3. I love learning about our local Rhody shops! Thanks for sharing! (P.S. I added you to my list) :)

    1. Thanks so much! We love learning about Rhody shops, artists and other special things about our wonderful new home!


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