​Marilyn Leach - Ceramics

Above photo; putting finishing touches on a tea pot

Artist Statement

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.


Cedar Creek Pottery - Cedarburg, WI.

Purloin Gallery - Menomonee Falls, WI.


Background & Education

  • BS -Art Education - University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • MEPD - Masters in Education with a Professional Emphasis in Ceramics - University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
  • Wauwatosa Public Schools - Art Educator (30 years) and department chair
  • Artist and Owner - Cornerstone Pottery

Professional Organizations:

  • Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council
  • Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Craftspeople
  • National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts