I have a little studio I call Goth Box Ceramics

Lesley Katzen is a Seattle, Washington based ceramicist and sculptor who works in decorative and functional stoneware and figurative sculpture. 

Group Exhibitions:

Portals - Thurston County Museum of Fine Art, Olympia, Washington, April 26th-28th, 2024

Olympia Armory Intervention - Thurston County Museum of Fine Art, Olympia, Washington, July 8th-15th, 2023 

Gallery Boom, Olympia, Washington, 2023 - June 2024

Artist’s Statement:

“et sum, quod digitis quinque legatur, onus”  -- Thomas Browne, from 'Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial' 1658

I explore the well-tread themes of mortality in creating hand built jars in the style of mostly Western funerary art, Memento Mori and Vanitas.  

I find ceramics a very concrete way of working through grief in a way that can be quite childlike. I begin with a memory or a feeling that I can’t process - and so I aim to make it physical, to give it form and life and space, volume. I build and I scratch the feeling into a jar or a sculpture.

My process, selfishly, serves as a balm; I seek permanence, stability in the creation of a vessel - from a passive wet earth to a thing which I believe to be worthy of three dimensions. 

This feels like real power in a world where we are often so powerless.

You can buy my work at gothboxshop.com

(oh and follow my clay specific insta at  gothboxceramics@)