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We love the staff at Stone Leaf! We are proud to say each and EVERY one of our employees loves to work in clay. Each person on our staff – in the store, teaching, or volunteering – offers a unique ceramic background. These unique experiences bring more educationto each and every pottery clay, glaze, tool, toy and kiln firing we offer in our Denver area store and teaching studio.
Some of Sophia’s earliest and best memories involve clay. From walking down the studio basement steps to the pottery studio to hanging out with Mom while she trimmed pots in her studio, Sophia’s life circles back to clay every time.
A self professed clay-brat, Sophia first started to throw in middle school and remembers helping to fire kilns from an even earlier age. Working in clay when she has time, Sophia enjoys handbuilding functional pieces and has recently started to explore clay jewelry. She’s very happy to report her basement is turning into a home studio!
Sophia is the co-owner and General Manager of Stone Leaf Pottery. She is responsible creating and maintaining the website, writing and sending the monthly newsletter, and generating most social media content.
Kylle Been remembers her first clay piece. In the Colorado preschool she attended children made knee pots. Just a small pinch pot using their knees for molds. She thought she loved clay then. Now she teaches, coordinates students/class availability, in our teaching studio, pugs, and works in the store at Stone Leaf Pottery and has been here for over nine years. She knows she loves clay now. Kylle says she can feel it in her bones on the days she can’t get her hands into clay. She has a passion for functional work with throwing her preferred style of making pots.
“It gives me great joy to teach people how to create colorful pottery they can use everyday. I find myself day dreaming about working at the wheel. I love to image what the pots I have made will look like after they come of the kiln. Its always a surprise, and I’m still excited every time.”
Mark, our awesome Warehouse Manager started out his adult life in the U.S. Air Force in a communications technology field; so he had an entire career in technology before finding clay as an art medium. He started taking classes here in August, 2008; then he worked a couple of years as a studio assistant, and serendipity led to us hiring him as our delivery driver about the time he was looking for something new to do. Today, he is working on a BFA with ceramics concentration, loves throwing functional ware, and wishes he had more time in the studio!
April is currently completing her MFA in ceramics at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS as a low residency student. Her ceramic work is primarily focused on mold making and slip casting, though she has lots of experience with throwing and hand building. In addition to being a Stone Leaf employee and student, April has two teenage children. She is a former member of the Colorado Potters Guild and Spark Gallery in the Santa Fe arts district as well as having taught in various clay programs in the metro area.
Bios of Ripley & Alyssa coming soon!!