Len Carella started out as designer of footwear and leather goods but midway through his career, in 1998, he decided to change course and study ceramics at Parsons School of Design in New York.
His career move paid off, and today he has his own design company specializing in one-of-a-kind, small-scale production of tableware, decorative accessories and sculpture. He currently works full-time from his San Francisco studio in high-fire stoneware and porcelain, creating some of the most durable ceramic wares available, often incorporating leather, braided thread, and cork details.
Recent projects include his Marin stoneware kitchen collection for Waterworks, a custom line of teapots and tea service pieces for leavesandflowers.com and serveware for San Francisco's popular Octavia restaurant. He was featured in the ‘Hip-Pop’ pop-up shop at the American Craft Council Show in 2015, in San Francisco, where he won the Emerging Artist Award.
His work is currently available at March, The NWBLK, Esqueleto in Oakland and Los Angeles, and online at www.the-commons.us, www.spartan-shop.com and www.shopthirds.com. A show of his sculpture will open in early Fall of 2017 at Themes & Projects Galley at The Minnesota Street Projects.