Karen Brown Levy’s work is created from white stoneware and red earthenware. It is meant to be hand sized, intimate and personal. Inspired by traditional handblown glass ornaments from Germany, Karen attempts to create elegant forms that are full of organic life and movement. They often reference actual forms in nature – such as acorns and sea urchins.
Karen works in both red earthenware and white porcelain and often uses a decorating technique called slip trailing, where a liquid version of the porcelain clay body is drawn or “trailed” across the surface of the forms to create raised patterns. This decorating technique causes the glaze to break up overtop of these raised patterns to reveal a visual surface that she loves. She often uses coils of clay to add loops and terminal endings on her ornaments.
Karen’s work can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Edenside Gallery, Swanson Reed Gallery, and Louisville Stoneware in Louisville, KY; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.