Megs LeVesseur (pronounced Lev-ah-sir) and I met about 2 years ago when she applied for and participated in the show I was coordinating at Franklin Park Conservatory, Falling for Local. She had LOTS of traffic at her booth because her pottery is so unique. At the end of the show, she graced me with a gorgeous vase that I cherish to this day. Back then, I was just starting the blog and had no idea where it would go but I knew that I would want to interview her at some point if the blog was successful.
Fast forward to a year ago when I was visiting 400 West Rich for Franklinton Fridays and who should I see but Megs and now she has a studio there. It took almost a year to get this girl to do the interview but I am pleased she finally did and I think you will be too!
Megs LeVesseur Pottery has been based out of 400 West Rich Community Studios in Columbus, Ohio since 2013. As she puts it:
I have been making a mess with clay for many years, while in studying fine arts at Columbus College of Art and Design, I was mostly interested in sculpture and was actively perusing that avenue. In 2013 a few years after completing my BFA, I received a commission to design and make two custom tea sets, which was far outside my comfort zone. So I pushed on knowing fully I was way over my head, luckily two beautiful tea sets resulted. More importantly, the commission triggered ‘a conversation between me and myself that I could incorporate my sculptural inclinations into functional items for the home.’
Growing up with a first grade teacher for a mom, traditional or non- traditional art materials were never in short supply at Megs’ house. The “greatness” of her days as a child were often determined by how much paint, glue, and clay she had on my body and clothing. Honestly, she never really imagined being anything else but an artist because it was an ever present creative force within her identity.
She states that she is inspired by intricate line work and soft color so she handcrafts whimsical one of a kind ceramic pieces designed for beauty and function. By being interested in the small snippets of beauty found in everyday life, she has found that her handmade pottery is of a joyous nature reflecting those everyday rituals of elegance. Her handmade pottery is inspired by vintage fabric, mid century dishes, and the playfulness of street art; reminiscent of the summer sky references landscapes and geometric patterns in nature. By incorporating bouncing lines, low relief, and pastel hues juxtaposed with volumetric forms, she has been able to create evocative and visually upbeat unique handmade goods.
Megs sells the bulk of her work at art fairs and festivals throughout the year. A list of her past and upcoming shows can be found on the events page. (www.megslevesseur.com). She is also featured in a few brick and mortar locations around town: The Smithery in Grandview, Pure Roots in Westerville, and Hayley Gallery in New Albany… with more to come in 2016! Woot!!!
She is pleased that this spring she got to work with Bexley High School as a visiting artist. She and the art students worked together to create an outdoor installation that will accompany the new community garden! In addition, Megs LeVesseur Pottery is VERY honored and excited to have been chosen to participate in the Columbus Arts Festival in the Emerging Artist Section (booth 295W). She asks that you all please stop by June 10-12th and say hello!
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