Marilyn Leach - Ceramics
My work is made to celebrate the daily interactions of community; giving, sharing, offering hospitality, and receiving. All of my work is functional white stoneware clay. I use wheel throwing, hand building, and altering to construct the pieces that are often very colorful and whimsical. I am drawn to texture, patterns and ornamentation in fabric design, quilting and upholstery. Playful and animated attachments such as hand built feet, handles and knobs often embellish my work.
Living on the edge of a woods and watching the evolving seasons and changes that happen to the trees and flora impacts much of the imagery on my work. My gardens and the insects and birds that visit my feeders are an ever changing narrative and inspiration for me.
The surfaces of my work are multiple layers of colored slips and underglazes. I often draw gestural lines on top of the color to emphasize areas and also create a fluid connection around the sides and surface of the pots. A clear glaze on top seals in the designs, rendering the pots safe for use and providing strength and durability. My work is fired in an electric kiln to 2180 degrees.
Above photo; putting finishing touches on a tea pot
Background & Education
Cedar Creek Pottery - Cedarburg, WI.
Morning glory Gallery - Milwaukee, WI.
Purloin Gallery - Menomonee Falls, WI.