Lera Ceramics was established in 2017 but was actually almost two decades in the making. After I graduated in 2000 from CU Boulder with a BFA (concentration in ceramics) I began a career in magazines. I eventually left that career to raise a family and when my oldest child was 8, I picked up clay again as a creative outlet and that was it, my love of clay came rushing back and Lera Ceramics was born.
My work is heavily influenced by Scandinavian design (“lera” means “clay” in Swedish) and its clean and simple aesthetics . I try to retain an organic, earthy and artisanal sensibility in my pots. Everything I make is handbuilt and small batch. I do not use a wheel. The Japanese philosophy of ‘Wabi-Sabi” or Perfect Imperfection is evident in my work. Every tiny dent, fingerprint or slight wobble only adds to the beauty and artisanal feel of the pot.
Starting out, my studio was my kitchen counter, but it has now moved to a renovated 1973 Airstream on our property above Boulder, CO that I share with my husband Clark and children Charlie and Cleo.