Leah Kaplan has been working in clay for more than 30 years, honing her skills in studios and schools up and down the East Coast. In 2018, Leah renovated a studio in Old City Philadelphia from which she launched her full time practice. Leah’s eclectic career path to ceramics included promoting New York City designers, as well as helping global artisans find markets for their work. In the latter job, Leah was fortunate to meet gifted craftspeople, engaged in every conceivable medium, whose work continues to inform her practice decades later. Leah’s vessels have been shown in internationally juried shows and can be found in corporate and private collections.
American ceramicist Leah Kaplan explores movement, texture and translucency through sculptural forms. Her signature porcelain vessels blend fluidity with minimalism, belying intricate construction that beckons viewers to take a closer look. Leah’s process is rooted in age-old handbuilding techniques, such as pinching, coiling and slab-building, but her deep dive into porcelain’s materiality often yields surprising results.