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Wanda Lea Austin

Biography to Display: 

1925 Born Peoria, Illinois

2006 Died Burnsville, North Carolina 


1969 BA Asheville-Biltmore College, Asheville, North Carolina (now University of North Carolina at Asheville)

1971 MSW University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Black Mountain School, Black Mountain, North Carolina

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, Michigan


1951-2006 Potter

1971-1977 Social Worker

1985-1989 Social Worker


Wanda Lea Austin made wheel thrown, functional red earthenware: vases, bowls, platters, pitchers, cups, plates, ashtrays, and jam pots. The brushed images on Austin’s work are motifs taken from the natural world.

Her studies in art and ceramics included courses at the Art Institute of Chicago, Black Mountain College, and Kalamazoo Institute of Art.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina





Center for Craft This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund Grant from the Center For Craft
AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks

The typical known signature is “Wanda Lea,” scratched into base of pot.

Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified September 2, 2019.