Lera Ceramics was established in 2017 but was actually almost 20 years in the making. After graduating in 2000 with a BFA (concentration in ceramics) from CU Boulder, Steffanie began a career in magazines. Eventually she left her career to raise a family and when her oldest child was eight she picked up clay again as a creative outlet and that was it. Her love of 'making' came rushing back to her and Lera Ceramics was born.
Heavily influenced by Scandinavian design and aesthetics ( ‘lera’ means ‘clay’ in Swedish), Steffanie tries to retain an earthiness and organic sensibility in her pots. Everything she makes is hand built. No wheel here. The Japanese philosophy of "wabi sabi" or perfect imperfection is evident in her work. Every tiny dent, fingerprint or slight irrregularity only adds to the beauty and story of the pot.
Starting out, her studio was at the kitchen counter but it has now moved into a renovated 1973 Airstream on her property above Boulder, CO that she shares with her husband Clark and their children, Charlie and Cleo. She hopes you love her pots as much as she loves making them.
Lera Ceramics is on hiatus for winter 2018-19 season while Steff pursues R&D projects. Please join the mailing list for news when Lera reopens.