Showcasing the Arts

Featured Artist:
Karen Brown Levy


Karen Brown Levy
Karen Brown Levy’s journey to pottery began at age 16 with a class at Tom Sawyer State Park.
Karen Brown Levy was born and raised in Louisville and hasn’t left. She began working in clay at the age of 16 with a class at Tom Sawyer State Park and it became a lifelong passion. Brown Levy studied ceramics at Indiana University, developing some of her own glazes there. She graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Since graduating Brown Levy has been building up her skills and business. Her work has been shown at various art shows and regional galleries, including the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Brown Levy is a juried member of the Louisville Artisans Guild and Kentucky Crafted.

Artist’s statement:

I'm fascinated with the possibilities of every shape I make, tweaking it slightly each time I throw it. Each piece is an evolving study of form. There are a hundred ways in the modern world to make thousands of identical items, but only one way to make a thousand unique items, by hand. My work is hand formed from stoneware and earthenware clay. The pieces are based on natural forms like seeds and pumpkins, each individually handcrafted on a potter's wheel, then further shaped and decorated. Each work is unique, made from a formless lump to a finished piece.


Karen Brown Levy
Louisville, Ky.



Page last updated: June 30, 2021
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