Thursday, July 23, 2015

Featuring Artist Leah Bowring

Leah Bowring is an artist who is a dynamic, balanced, and very intuitive young woman. To have a conversation with her, you come to realize how much synergy exists between her life and her art.

She creates ceramic pieces that are delicate, ethereal, and subtly detailed. Then another body of her work will be richly functional with a strong vitality about them.

During Leah's undergraduate years she spent time in Tokyo studying the Japanese language, historical ceramics, architecture and theater, while also teaching English in the interim between her formal degrees. She studied with Koiichi Koyama, a very accomplished Japanese potter, conducting personal research, analyzing traditional Japanese kilns while traveling throughout Japan. Her design aesthetic from this time is authentically apparent.

Leah now lives in Northern California and loves to run the trails surrounding the area. Here she achieves a rhythm and meditative state of mind, where creativity flows harmoniously without the interference and disquiet of the city. 

From her artist's statement:

"I make sculptural vessels to comment directly on a state of mind of clarity and lightness when experiencing open landscape. I make pots to take part in nourishing the body with this same tone of mindfulness and meditation. Forming habits to take care of the self are worthwhile, therefore I devote myself to these processes that can soothe; where mind, body and land can combine like a song."

Please visit Leah's website at Leah Bowring,  to learn more about her, where you will be amazed and enchanted by her many varied ceramic works of art. You may contact her at

Leah also has an upcoming show, the  2015 Winter Exhibition at the  Sager Bradis Gallery in Columbia, Mo. The Opening reception: January 1st.

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donna baker said...

Her pieces are gorgeous.

designchic said...

These are amazing, Karena - what a talent!!

Woodside Park said...

I can definitely see the Japanese influence. Such organic shapes and lovely forms! Cheers

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Karena,
Leah does indeed create art that works very calming and soothing and would blend into almost any type of interior. She has really soaked up the Japanese culture well.
Sending you blessings, and thanks for your kind comment!

Karen said...

I love the earthy pieces she creates. I thought the first pieces were wood until I read your feature.

Martina said...

Dear Karena,
i really love Leah's work and the harmonious energy that surrounds it. The influence of Japanese art is visible, but also her being in touch with nature. Thank you for sharing this - and thank you for visiting my blog! Have a lovely end of the week!

Anonymous said...

Karen, your eloquent descriptions of Leah's work perfectly describe the seemingly effortless flow of her pieces. So serene and beautiful , they evoke an immediate sense of calm. . Wonderful work!!

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Karena,
Thank you for visiting me Karena and your comments always add to the reason I too create.
Love this post, I guess because of all my work I started to do in the art studio for clay artist. Looking at her style, and clean lines in her sculpted pieces only insure how difficult it is to work at this medium level she creates in Her ceramic clay pieces.
I don't want to down play her sculptural vessels as beautifully amazing they are ....But my favorite pieces she has here is the out of shape platter, rustic plates, and vessel cup. It so reminds me of roadside pottery that would be so.d in Europe.

I must go visit her site, letting everything she creates in clay inspire my passion for creating with various clays that make up the plates and platters I create I'm out of shape designs.

See you soon beautiful, bravo to this post.
Off to visit the artist.



Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing!

helen tilston said...

Hello Karena
Leah's work has an etherial feel to it. While functional it also has a delicacy Beautiful.
Thanks for the introduction
Helen xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Karena! How gorgeous is her philosophy as well as her learn so much about the state of mind of a person from their art and what it represents to them. I love these smooth, creamy lines she has created, something which creates a peaceful movement.

We learned so much on our trip to the Carmel galleries where we spoke to artists and gallery owners. So much was learned not only about technique, but about the thoughts behind the work. Stunning.

And it's GREAT to see you on Instagram!

peggy braswell said...

stunning + certainly is talented

Splendid Market said...

So clean yet organic. Really beautiful pieces.

Rié Moratto said...

Her pieces have an "ocean" feel to it... as if they have been smoothed by the tide over the years. Lovely. xx Rié | Portobello Design Blog

Leslie said...

Beautiful ceramic art Karena! Thanks for the introduction and I'll check out her site:) Happy Friday and I hope you are enjoying your summer! xxL

Paisley Curtain said...

Her work is so unique, what a talented artist.

Best wishes

Mise said...

How lovely. My sister spent time in Korea, studying ceramics there, and brought me back a few pieces from there. I see the same thoughtful delicacy in Leah's work.

cindy hattersley design said...

Her work is lovely...I seriously would take one of find the best artists Karena!!

Pura Vida said...

really interesting...look how she's so intent in her work..that's fun to see!

La Contessa said...

SHE lives in my neck of the woods.............
Lovely pieces..........
How do YOU find ALL these interesting people!

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