On Saturday, Oct. 3, Karen Brown-Levy, of Louisville, will demonstrate her hand- built clay pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center.
Born and raised in Louisville, Brown-Levy was introduced to clay at age 16. Attending Indiana University in Bloomington, Brown-Levy earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1982. She has been working in clay ever since.
Brown-Levy creates small-scale sculptures using red earthenware and white stoneware clays. Her clay works are based on natural forms such as acorns, pumpkins and sea urchins, and are playful, decorative and sometimes functional.
Beginning with a wheel-thrown bulbous bottle form, she uses hand building techniques to cut, shape and re-form the clay, adding a curling clay handle for a vine-like final touch. Brown-Levy’s series of ceramic pumpkins led her to also begin to create clay jack-o’-lanterns with expressive faces that are accentuated when lit with a candle.
Brown-Levy is a juried artist in the Kentucky Arts Council’s “Kentucky Crafted” program and is also a juried member of the Louisville Artisan’s Guild and Louisville Clay.
Works by Brown-Levy are regularly available at the center, located just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the cafe open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.