Morgan discovered the magic of clay in elementary school, and could never let go. She started throwing when she was 13, making bowls, bottles, and jars, and continued working with clay all the way through college. Morgan even managed to make time for the ceramics studio while pursuing an industrial design degree with a focus on tabletop designs, at Pratt Institute.
Once graduated, Morgan was bummed to learn that being a tabletop designer meant spending most of the time at the computer and working with factories. Instead, she sought to work with people like Jonathan Adler and Martha Stewart making ceramics and homewares (you may have seen Morgan on Stewart’s TV show, crafting exquisitely detailed paper flowers.)
Eventually, she took a big leap and became an independent Craft and Prop stylist. Still, finding time and space for clay proved impossible. Looking to reconnect, Morgan enrolled in a workshop at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. It was there that, while experimenting with colored slips, a very happy accident revealed the magic of marbleized clay. Morgan spent a couple of years trying to fit clay into her life, continuing her tableware experiments.
Then, in 2015, she spent three weeks at Anderson Ranch, really exploring how to make the objects she had been envisioning for the past few years. “I hadn’t seen anything out in the world that like them, but I knew how they would look and feel.”
As she started tinkering, she realized how complicated this process really was. Still, the experiments continued, and ceramics began sneaking into her styling studio. It was gradual, but in 2019 Morgan looked around and realized her studio space had become 100% ceramics studio. She launched Morgan Levine Ceramic in Spring 2019, building on her method all along. “It’s such a pleasure to watch this process evolve, and so fulfilling to finally hold and use these objects I’d been thinking about for years,” she told us.
Just before dedicating to her clay art, Morgan worked as a stylist, creating craft content for magazines and custom props for commercial shoots. “I made tons of paper flowers, carved pumpkins, decorated Christmas trees, embellished throw pillows...and all things crafty.” All the while, she struggled to find time and space for clay. That is until a fateful, happy accident making a little salt fired marbleized bowl changed everything.