Lahla portrait2 Photo Burning Fork Studio

I’m Lahla Deakins, artist and owner of Burning Fork Studio, LLC, where I make hand-built, functional lace pottery.

The studio has recently relocated to Johnson City, Tennessee, in a little log cabin, which also happens to be the house where I grew up. The new location has allowed me to expand to house an additional art studio space, where my mom (and first art teacher!), Kathy Deakins, recently set up shop. She paints, teaches art lessons and offers painting parties for all ages.

The name of the studio comes from my time in Eastern Kentucky, where I passed a sign for a little community called Burning Fork on my way home every day. I never went there, but I loved the sound of fiery energy the name had, so I borrowed it for my (then) little home pottery studio.

I currently live in Knoxville, Tennessee (about 1.5 hrs from Johnson City), with my husband and toddler, but I visit my parents and studio in Johnson City often!

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2004), and a Master of Liberal Studies degree with a focus in non-profit arts organizations from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City (2008). I opened Burning Fork Studio in 2010.