Leah Bowring received her BA in ceramics and BFA in graphic design from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in 2011. During her undergraduate study, she spent a year in Tokyo studying Japanese language, historical ceramics, traditional theater and architecture. She was a pupil of Koiichi Koyama, an accomplished Japanese potter. She conducted personal research studying traditional Japanese kilns and wares, traveling throughout Japan while she taught English in the time between her formal degrees. She recently received her MFA in ceramics in May 2015 and now lives in Oakland, California. As an impassioned educator, she enjoys teaching all ages and settings including community studios, camps for children, and at the university.
Spending long hours trail running has allowed me to gain access
to a meditative state where unrestricted thoughts occur, creative
thought flows, and complex problem solving comes with ease.
In this trance, I cannot separate myself from my surroundings.
I am no longer a body, a form, but I become what I see. I am
within the landscape, as if my own rhythm has pounded me
into a new existence.
I make sculptural vessels to comment directly on a state of mind
of clarity and lightness when experiencing open landscape. I
make pots to take part in nourishing the body with this same tone
of mindfulness and meditation. Forming habits to take care of
the self are worthwhile, therefore I devote myself to these
processes that can soothe; where mind, body and land can