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Leah Leitson

Biography to Display: 



1966 BFA New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

1984 MFA Ceramics Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


1992 Residency Banff Center for the Arts, Alberta, Canada

1992-1993 Residency Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana


1985 Studio artist

2004 Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina

Leah Leitson’s porcelain forms that can be thrown and altered, and assembled occasionally using slip trailing and carving as part of the surface treatment. Her forms and surface treatments are inspired by the natural surroundings.

In addition, she is drawn to the aesthetics of 18th and 19th century decorative arts. Although her functional work is designed to function she also sees them as sculptural objects. She applies glazes so they will run and pull giving the suggestion of excess. The pieces are high fired in salt or reduction.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

Louisiana State University School of Art Museum, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Richard Belger Collection, Kansas City, Missouri

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina


Bibliography to Display: 

“Birth of A Clay Place.” Ceramics Monthly 45, no. 3 (March, 1997).

Bloomfield, Linda. Colour in Glazes (New Ceramics). London, England: A & C Black Publishers Ltd., 2011.

_____________. Advanced Pottery. London, England: Robert Hale, 2011.

Burkett, Richard. Masters of Porcelain. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2007.

Ceramics Monthly, March 2003. Vol. 51, p. 24

Cushing, Val M. and Chris Rich. The Ceramic Design Book: A Gallery of Contemporary Work. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1998.

Davis, Don. Wheel Thrown Ceramics. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1998.

Galloway, Julia and Ray Hemachandra. 500 Vases: Contemporary Explorations of a Contemporary Form. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2010. 

Gess, Terry. 500 Pitchers: Contemporary Expressions of a Classic Form. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2006.

Gustin, Chris and Chris Staley. Best of Pottery 2. Gloucester, MA: Rockport Publishers, 1998.

Hemachandra, Ray and Daniel Balesco. 500 Judaica: Innovative Contemporary Ritual Art. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2010.

Lark Books. The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience: Celebrating 75th Anniversary of Penland School of Crafts. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2004.

“Pots Presented.” Ceramics Arts and Perception 48 (August 2002).  

Reason, Emily. Wheel Throwing. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2010.

“Up Front.” Ceramics Monthly 46, no 7 (September, 1998).  

“Up Front.” (Feature article). Ceramics Monthly 51 (June-August 2003).  





Center for CraftSouthern Highland Craft Guild



Center for CraftCenter For Craft


Typical Marks
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Slip Trailing
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Tray with Ewers
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified March 29, 2022.