LVL VT Pottery
Lindsay Vanleir is the maker and owner of LVL VT POTTERY.
"I am a young potter based out of Burlington, Vermont and I focus on making functional, vibrant wares meant to be used in your day-to-day.
A painter and 2-D artist my whole life, in 2015 I decided it was time to try something different. I enrolled for an adult beginners wheel course at the Burlington City Arts Clay Studio, hoping the exposure to a new art form would influence my painting. Instead, I found myself exclusively interested in the creative possibilities with pottery, and even more so in love with the community of artists at the studio. And I can't seem to quit because ever since I began that first class, I have not missed more than two weeks at the wheel. Pottery has become many things for me: my creative outlet, a source of comfort, a way to refocus my mind, how I start my day, a way to connect with friends, and a window into my local community of artists and makers, to name a few!
I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have found my life's passion at a young age. Being at the wheel is where I am at peace; it's a kind of comfort that has really allowed me to explore my art in ways I had not before. I hope that my journey with pottery is apparent in my work and is something that consumers find attractive about my work. I have a deep appreciation for the art of making pottery, and the desire to share it with others.
Most of my work is wheel thrown, and decorated by hand using stamps and/or recycled glass. I often find unique pieces of carved crystal at markets and second-hand sales, which I incorporate into my plates and dishes. For my textured work, I choose glazes that "break" well over the high relief of the carvings and stamps to create movement. I gravitate toward glazes that sparkle, again to create a sense of movement over the piece. The way glaze can pool and shift during the firing is fascinating to me, and up-close can have a fractal quality.
All of my marbled work is made using food safe pigments. I choose bright, vibrant colors that will stand out against traditional white or brown stoneware. The pigments come in a powdered form, which I then mix into porcelain slip (slip is clay mixed in with extra water to make it like cream). I choose porcelain slip because it fires to a clean white, meaning the pigment can has the potential to be its truest color when mixed in. Once I create a dyed slip, I let this firm up until I can work it as clay. My dyed clay is then wedged into porcelain or stoneware to create an organic effect that demonstrates movement, growth, and potential. These pieces are reminiscent of rock formations or a body of water.
I use what is known as high-fire stoneware and porcelain, which is heated to approximately 2200 degrees. This completely vitrifies the clay body so that it is food safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe.
Alongside my business production work, I also volunteer at the Burlington City Arts Clay Studio as a studio assistant and I teach Friday evening drop-in classes for families and adults. When I'm not elbows-deep in clay, I enjoy hanging out with my two Siamese cats and gardening!"