She worked for 15 years as a commercial artist in Gulfport, Miss.
The terra cotta colored porcelain tile floor has the look of old leather with small colorful clay tiles with religious symbols on them inserted into the tiles.
She also had to sell her idea to the church's congregation. Today, a flag flies above the site of the church.
A year ago she decided it was time to relocate, so she headed west.
"It unifies everything in the chapel beautifully," Moline said."I knew it would be beautiful, but this is far more attractive than I imagined," the Rev.
"I feel with the tile floor and religious symbol tiles in the chapel has an old world look, which is what I wanted," Laird said., Laird holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in commercial art from the University of Southern Mississippi.
When Laird re-entered the workplace, she got into pottery and making mosaic tiles in Gulfport.
., before taking time off to raise her son, Hunter.
"I use a lot of symbols and animals in my work so when I saw how bad the floor was I saw a chance to give back to my church," she said.
In February and March, Laird met with the church's board of directors to get its approval. Peter's.
"It was a very educational experience. Heat Sink Manufacturer She ended up in Prescott Valley, where friends of her mother live.
"I tried to mimic the colors in the stained glass windows in the chapel," she said. Mark Moline said Thursday about St. "This is one of the few things that came out exactly like I wanted it to. Luke's Episcopal Church's Paul Crowell Chapel's new floor. I learned a lot I didn't know about the apostles and my church," she said
Once the research was done, Laird designed 16 small tiles.
Once she received the green light, Laird researched what symbols represent each of the 12 disciples and other symbols the church uses.
It was the brainchild of Linda Laird, a professional commercial artist and potter who survived Hurricane Katrina while living in Gulfport, Miss.
A native of Baton Rouge, La.
She designed 10 tiles to spell out the life of Jesus and the four evangelists who taught the world about Christ's life across the front of the step to the chapel's sanctuary. She relocated to Prescott Valley a year ago. These tiles include one for each of the 12 disciples, and one for Judas, Mary, eternity and the nine gifts of the spirit. One is at the end of each row of seats.
She is back making decorative pottery, tile and mosaics.
She then spent a year rebuilding her father's house and her own.
"Many times my mosaic was all that was left standing in their houses," she said.
On the front of the next step in the sanctuary she designed two tiles for unity and faith.
Katrina destroyed all five Episcopal churches in Gulfport, including the one she attended - St.
Laird designed tiles with the symbol of trinity, Holy Eucharist and Lamb of God for the front of the step at the base of the altar."
She hopes the church will use the tiles to educate children, as each one tells a story.
"I make mosaics in houses in addition to doing pottery," she said. Laird said Gulfport residents also hired her to go into what was left of their houses and save their mosaic and make it into a coffee table.