LEAH LEITSON received her M.F.A. in ceramics from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1996, and her undergraduate B.F.A. in ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, New York, in 1984. Leah completed residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. and Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta, CN. She is a member of the Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. and the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Leah has led many workshops through out the U.S., including Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinberg, TN, and has taught workshops in Italy and Israel.
Leah works exclusively in porcelain. Her work is predominantly inspired by the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century decorative arts, particularly utilitarian table wares and Sevres porcelain as well as being inspired by plant forms in nature. Her work has been featured in many exhibitions Nationally and Internationally. Her work can be seen in arrange of publications of books and magazines. She is also represented in ceramic books and her work is found in Museums and private collections.
I love teaching. The exchange of ideas is endlessly stimulating and personally rewarding. Teaching gives me an opportunity to share some of the knowledge and skills I have learned, but the real pleasure comes from seeing students learn and grow so dramatically. In my own work, I have always enjoyed making pieces for the table for ‘every day,’ as well as for ‘special’ occasions. My forms are predominately inspired by the eighteenth and nineteenth century decorative arts, particularly utilitarian silver tableware and Sevres porcelain. I am further inspired by plant forms in nature. My intent is to integrate the two so that they become one. My work is thrown, altered, and assembled, and is made with a porcelain clay body.