About J. Leigh

    I grew up in sunny southern California for the most part. I moved around quite a bit from 10 years old until high school. We lived in 10 states from the east coat to the west. When I was a freshmen in High School I took a pottery class, but we moved away abruptly and I never got to see my pots fired and finished. My junior year I took my first sculpture class, I loved it and it seemed such a natural thing for me. I have always had a thing for playing in the mud. When I was a very small child, my favorite thing to do was make mud pies, when I was a little older (about 8) my mom let us "dig to China" we had every kid in the neighborhood later we filled the hole with water and there was 7 little kids wallowing in the mud! I am sure the neighbors parents were thrilled.

  After I had kids my crafts took on a much wider range. I did alot of painting cartoon murals and such. I still did sculpture with the kids and poly clay. I didn't have a wheel or a kiln, but often thought of getting one. I remembered wheel work fondly, it was always so peaceful to me. Finding a perfect center, and making something beautiful from nothing but mud. My real passion however, has always been the sculpture work. Time gets away from me when working on a piece, I dream about it in motion at night, it consumes me until it is done. I feel that passion puts a little bit of my heart and soul into every piece I do. However I spent 15 years without following my passion. I worked as a Spa Sales person traveling and making a living, and raising my kids on the farm we moved onto in Virginia. Everything changed in an instant when I was in an accident and spent time unable to work at my old job and unable to keep up with all the things I had put formost in my life (taking care of everyone but myself). I had gone into the windsheild of the car, and seeing my mortality woke me up. My husband left because I would never again live upto his expectations as a wife.

  After my divorce, I found my Michael. He has been such an amazing gift, he believes in me, in my dreams and my passions. After many surgeries, and still unable to do much of anything for more than a few hours, I found myself wondering what I was going to do with the rest of my life. Mike and I talked about what was next for me, I had not worked in a few years having one surgery after another. I was finding myself again at 30 years old. I had talked about doing pottery and sculpture again, I told him it would be my dream job. A few weeks later he bought me a kiln and wheel tools and everything I needed to get started. I was so excited! Once I got going and making stuff, someone asked if I could make them something special. I loved the challenge of making a custom order and I started making quite a lot of them for people. Thus The Color of Mud was born!

I enjoy everything, nature, mythical, and geeky. Often that comes out in my pieces. I love creating Origional one of a kind works of art. I hope you will enjoy them as well.