"My pottery is influenced by nature. In my functional pottery you will find the colors you find in nature and my platters have been known to look like landscapes. My sodium silicate pieces remind me of the rock formations my father would show me when he was an Earth Science teacher."
Leanne Kilmer has spent the last 10 years developing her process of making horse hair pottery. Her work feels smooth to the touch, like a stone that has been polished by exposure to the elements. During the firing process, it's always a mystery to know what patterns will appear once the horsehair and other items are applied. The abstract designs often look a lot like images once the carbon markings appear. How the different elements turn out and interact on a piece can be likened to finding shapes in the clouds as a child. In 2020, Leanne's pottery now includes other organic materials to make the carbon markings including Crane feathers, shed snake skin, and porcupine quills and sugar. Leanne enjoys experimenting and finding other organic materials to make new textural marks.
Awards and Exhibitions:
2015 – 2019 Kansas History Museum Gift Shop, Topeka Kansas
2015 – 2019 Kansas Capital Building Gift Shop. Topeka Kansas