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Leif Wicklund

Luce Artist Biography

Leif Wicklund studied chemistry and mathematics in school. After working for a time in a milk plant, Wicklund and fellow ceramist Barbara Sexton opened a small studio called Sexwick Pottery (now closed). He primarily worked with a wheel, but experimented with building clay pieces by hand while his wheel-thrown pots dried. A hand-building demonstration by studio potter Paulus Berensohn inspired him to work in this way more regularly, and he enrolled in modeling and drawing courses to enhance his skills. Influenced by Berensohn's work, Wicklund started adding colored clay overlays to his pieces, to create surface decoration before firing, which fuse the layers together.