Browse products by Helen Levi Ceramics

A ceramicist with many talents

I grew up in the East Village (NYC) but spent a lot of time upstate. I can't spend too long in one of the two without really needing a dose of the other, so it's definitely this tug of war that influences my work. 

I use two kinds of porcelain, a red clay, a brown clay, and a low fire clay for big sculptures. I like having the option of several clay bodies to pick from depending on my mood. I want to make pieces to be used every day, pieces that feel good in your hand and good to drink out of. I'm not interested in perfection, or achieving uniformity. I love the uniqueness and specialness of each thing that is made by hand. That thought carries throughout pretty much everything in my day to day life; not just clay.

I don't remember starting pottery classes, just that it was as part of my routine as early as my memories allow. I want to retain some of that childhood influence in my work; that's where the porcelain fruit necklaces came from. It reminded me of pieces I made as a kid; miniature foods that my sister and I would make out of Sculpey for our dollhouses. 

My formal training and background is in photography. I was working in that field for three years, before transitioning into making and selling my pottery. Its still a big part of me, but there's nothing like using a cup every day that wouldnt have existed if you hadn't decided to make it. Photography is a way to keep track of things that catch my eye, that describe a mood, or record daily details that inform my ceramic work.

You can visit Helen's website here

Photographs by Todd Jordan (digital) and Helen Levi (6x7 film camera).

Browse products by Helen Levi Ceramics


Ceramic planter made exclusively for Madesmith. Click here for details.

Ceramic pitcher made exclusively for Madesmith. Click here for details.

Ceramic cup made exclusively for Madesmith. Click here for details.

Porcelain necklace made exclusively for Madesmith. Click here for details.

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