Len Carella - Tableware and Sculptures
Len Carella
Len Carella

Len Carella

San Francisco, CA

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.
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"I work in both stoneware and porcelain. They are very different to work with as well as the finished product. I love both because they each have beautiful and unique characteristics."
-- Len Carella
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I hope my clients will appreciate the beauty of the work as well as use it in their every day life. Nothing pleases me more to hear a client say they use my ceramics in their everyday life and it makes them happy and enhances the experience."
-- Len Carella
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What motivates and inspires you?

"I find nature to be a huge inspiration but also get most of my inspiration and ideas from simply working with the materials."
-- Len Carella
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What makes a space special?

"I think a space is special when it looks and feels comfortable and inspiring in a very non-fussy way. A space that feels timeless is special."
-- Len Carella
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What’s unique about your work?

"All of my work is 'high-fired' ceramics which gives the clay and glazes a very deep and rich look not found at lower temperatures. I also strive to design and create timeless works to be coveted and enjoyed forever and passed down to future generations."
-- Len Carella
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"When a piece survives all of the various stages and makes it to the final firing it is always great to open the kiln and see what has turned out the way you had hope or even better. There are always lots of surprises with high fire ceramics!"
-- Len Carella
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"Working in ceramics is always full of surprises. there are many steps involved and there is the possibility of disaster at every step. When a piece survives all the necessary steps and then survives the final firing it is very satisfying.
My work is fired to 2300F degrees which is a very volatile environment but can also produce beautiful results.
I also find funny and unexpected moments when something doesn't go as planned but inspires new ideas."
-- Len Carella
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