It’s finally getting sunnier and although that still means achingly cold weather, there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon. All that winter sun is helping us to enjoy the power of colour so we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Leah Ball. A creative and designer/maker based in Chicago, Illinois by way of California, Leah’s work is a fantastic jumble of pottery pipes, abstract objects and fine jewellery.

What first attracted us to Leah’s work was her exceptional talent for creating marbled ceramics, the likes of which we’d never seen before. Working from her Chicago studio, Leah lends each porcelain piece a unique sea-like colorway using mixed slips and clear glazes. Inspired by tones, shapes and aesthetic experiences around the Pacific coast, her work is heavily influenced by the more dream-like elements of nature.

Also influenced by psychedelic music, authors such as Margaret Atwood and mid-century furniture, Leah’s creations are a heady mix of styles that combine to produce homewares that are way cooler than your average. With each piece being something special in distinct shades and effects, it’s her ceramics that we’re craziest about. What’s more, she recently teamed up with photographer Matt Avignon to shoot her latest collection of pipes with a couple of bearded dragons; awesome.

From planters to mugs and necklaces, Leah’s work explores the context of utility and identity while also looking damn good. We’re particularly enamoured with her planters which use anything from thick black woven rope to slim hessian twine for various contrasting finishes. In hallucinatory washes of pastel blue, sweet pink, storm grey and bright white, every handmade item in her inventory boasts covetable, experimental character.


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Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth