Collection: Forrest Lesch-Middelton

Petaluma, CA

Forrest Lesch-Middelton earned his BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and his MFA from Utah State University, Logan. In 2014, he was honored as Ceramicist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly and in 2017, Lesch-Middelton was awarded a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists from Northern Clay Center. His body of work, inspired by the traditions of Middle Eastern ceramics, is comprised of functional pottery that celebrates and contrasts the history of those ancient civilizations with the contemporary global political climate and its impact in the region. Lesch-Middelton’s work features image transfer, as well as a process he developed himself for transposing the image while the pot is still being thrown, which he calls “volumetric image transfer.” Since 2013, he has owned and operated his own company, Origins Tile, which makes tile for private and corporate locations internationally.