Leah Ball presently works from her studio in Chicago, Illinois, where she focuses on designing and making homegoods, art objects and fine jewelry.
Originally from the beachside town of Carlsbad, California, Ball's aesthetic foundation is in the patterns and rhythms of the Pacific coast. Her kinship with the natural cycles of the sea helped generate a creative spirit that finds satisfaction in doing and re-doing, product in practice, and truth in tedium.
Her current practice mostly involves marbling porcelain with custom mixed slips. She prefers to use a simple clear glaze to allow the colors in the marble to shine through, but is known to break her own rules occasionally. For the most part, inspiration really is everywhere but she has to give a special thanks to psychedelic music, Ikebana, Tom Sachs, Feminist studies, Margaret Atwood and Mid-century furniture.