Art - Ceramics - Leanne Ashe

LeAnne Ash lives and works in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She is a resident artist at the EnergyXchange, an art studio and horticulture center that utilizes landfill gas and promotes emerging artists. She makes wheel thrown and hand-built functional pottery that finds strength in its simplicity; reminiscent of a time when handmade pottery was meant to be used. Each piece is unique, and is a natural progression from the ones that have come before. Her work is set apart by quiet details such as undulating rims, layered surfaces, and soft directional changes. 

LeAnne grew up in Louisville, KY. She received her BFA in ceramics from the Cleveland Institue of Art in Cleveland, OH. She furthered her education as an intern for sculptor Deirdre Daw in her Seattle, WA studio, and has attended and assisted several workshops at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. She was a resident artist at the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts from 2003-2005. 

Of her work, she says, "I have always had an interest in food, cooking, and culture, so it feels natural for me to make pottery. As a potter, there is no greater joy than eating at a table filled with good friends, good food, and great pots. Pottery elicits a strong human emotion triggered by beauty, memory and touch, which can be very powerful. Although pottery can be very complex, I am drawn to the simplicity of its nature."




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