LeElaine grew up in a log cabin in the foothills of North Carolina. Her roots led to her love for clay early on, as she spent childhood years out in the woods, down by the creek bed digging around in the red clay with her brothers. She grew up around a wild bunch of artists and advocates who shaped her formative years and influenced her journey in these realms. She lived and worked in Chapel Hill, NC and Washington, DC in community development for ten years before returning to the NC mountains to pursue artisanship.
Around the studio, she creates pieces intended for use and beauty—designed to perform their duty well and stand alone as visual pieces. She is driven to make in community, with great hopes that her work reflects the richness of support she has received in finding her way to this space.