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Heartsill, Steve — Steve Heartsill Ceramic & Metal Designs

Lexington, KY


clay & metal sculptures, tiles

Steve Heartsill began working with clay in 1974 in Pensacola, Florida, working with Peter King in what was to become Stonehaus Studios. He moved to Lexington in 1977, where he worked in manufacturing as a machinist.


Until 2007 he worked at his art solely as a hobby. He took classes and seminars, staying active in clay and exploring everything from primitive raku to the bright colors of earthenware. He mostly made stoneware bowls, mugs, and other utilitarian items popular with his friends and family.


In 2007 Steve started combining clay and steel to make the wall hangings that he continues to make and refine. In 2009 he left his manufacturing job to pursue his art full time.


Steve Heartsill’s work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.