| Leah Leach was
bitten by the mudbug in a quest for artistic expression
that included learning to play the piano at an early age, learning and performing
Texas style fiddle music (on a fiddle her Grandfather pulled out of his
barn that belonged to his Grandfather), creating acrylic and oil paintings,
as well as becoming an accomplished seamstress.
She answered an advertisement for a beginners ceramics class at the Ft. Worth Childrens Art Museum one day that featured hand building with one or two tries at the wheel. She was hooked immediately! After taking the class shed gotten a taste but wanted more! She pulled out a Readers Digest Crafts book that had a diagram of a home made kick wheel. She persuaded her husband, Allan ,to build it for her. He watched proudly as she delved into her new love. She suffered an injury to her hand that caused a hiatus for more than a year, but after recovering her yearning was awakened by an even greater desire to throw.
She made a friend in John Logan, who owned Texas Pottery Supply. He guided her to her future mentor, teacher and friend... Mr. Ron Durham. Under his able tutelage, she blossomed into an accomplished potter. As his final lesson, he guided and helped her and Allan to build a first class gas kiln, where today she fires the work she completes in her own studio near Alvarado, Texas.
Although her pottery is mainly functional, she brings a creative and artistic beauty to her work that grows with every piece she makes.
She has finally found her niche and it shows in her quest for better design and a gusto for her craft that seems boundless.
While she still maintains her other artistic endeavors, her mainstay is, and always will be, playing in the mud.
She used to be Allans Little Bunny, but after hearing the kiln come to life for the first time, she became the Roaring Rabbit.
Roaring Rabbit Pottery
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