Burning Fork Studio and KCHST featured in Knoxville News Sentinel

Posted: June 10th, 2013 | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Burning Fork Studio and the Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team (KCHST) were featured in this past weekend’s Knoxville News Sentinel.

Lahla Deakins, owner of Burning Fork Studio, and Lisa Mueller, owner of Sassy Glass Studio, spoke with reporter Ali James about the upcoming Etsy.com Global Craft Party on June 20th, 2013.

Deakins and Mueller are captains of Knoxville’s Etsy.com creative organization, KCHST.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:


“Last year’s Global Etsy Craft Party in Knoxville was nearly a craft fail, said Lisa Mueller co-captain of the Knoxville Creative Hands Etsy Street Team (KCHST). “It was a free-for-all,” laughs Mueller. “We had an idea of what we were going to make, and we made a huge glittery, glue-gun mess.”

“It’s more about having fun rather than the end result,” adds Lahla Deakins, the team’s other captain.

“KCHST is comprised of Knoxville-area artists, craftspeople and creative minds as well as vendors of vintage goods and craft supplies. The group has more than 300 active members, but not all members meet in person. Monthly newsletters are sent to members to update them on local events and tips for running a business on Etsy.com, which is an online marketplace for buying and selling handmade and vintage items.”

To read the full article, click here.

To register for the Etsy Global Craft Party in Knoxville, click here.

Burning Fork Studio named “Featured Shop” on Etsy.com

Posted: April 10th, 2013 | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

EtsyI was honored and excited when I was approached by Etsy in March and told that Burning Fork Studio would be named as a Featured Shop on Etsy’s blog!

After an extensive interview about my work and what I do each day in the studio, Etsy published the article on their site on April 1st.

Check out the full interview by clicking here.

The perfect Valentine!

Posted: February 11th, 2013 | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »



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Pick up your handmade Valentine for $18 each at the studio this week, from 9:30-12 Tuesday, 10-3 Wednesday, 10-3 Thursday, and 10-1 Friday (in case anyone is celebrating Valentine’s Day a little late!).

Studio Temporarily Closed

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Burning Fork Studio is CLOSED due to an illness in the family. We expect to be back up and running by the first week of February. All currently registered students will be contacted by e-mail to reschedule upcoming classes. Apologies for the inconvenience! Check our Facebook page for updates.

New studio hours (plus an additional job) for the New Year

Posted: January 15th, 2013 | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »


Because I’ve taken a part-time job as the Writing Consultant for East Tennessee State University’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, I’ve had to block out some new regular hours for the studio for the next few months.

My new position (you can learn more about it here) is mostly in the evenings, so my availability for people wanting to take classes in the evenings, or drop by to do a little shopping after work, is limited, but not gone! I won’t have regular evening hours scheduled in the studio, but you are always welcome to call or e-mail and schedule a time outside my listed hours to come by, or schedule a class for some nights and weekends. Happy New Year!

Burning Fork Studio regular hours for January-May 2013 are:

  • Monday: 9 a.m.-Noon
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m.-Noon
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m.-Noon

Lahla offering UT Personal Development class, “Beginning Pottery: Handbuilding”

Posted: January 9th, 2013 | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

UT logoLahla and Burning Fork Studio will be offering The University of Tennessee’s only hands-on pottery class throughout February 2013.

You’ll experiment with form and texture in this fun exploration of hand building with clay. You’ll make picture frames to glazed bisqued ware. While making these projects you’ll learn how to roll out and cut clay, attaching pieces of clay, drawing in wet clay, creating upright forms and glazing. You’ll make four projects during this course.

This is a four-session class, held each Tuesday in February from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

To find out more information about the course or to register, please click here to be taken to UT’s Non-Credit Programs website.

Local Etsy artists featured on FOX 43

Posted: December 11th, 2012 | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Thanks for watching my appearance on FOX 43 this morning! We had a great time showcasing some of the local talent that we have here in Knoxville and throughout East Tennessee. Here is a list, in no particular order, of the artists who were featured this morning. Just click on the picture to find the item featured this morning or to browse the artists’ Etsy.com page.

Also, don’t forget that these artists will be at the Market Square Farmers Market “Holiday Market” on Saturday’s, Dec. 15th and 22nd. Click here to visit the Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team website, or click here to visit the team’s Etsy.com page and learn more about our team’s more than 200 members! Happy Holidays!

Sassy Glass Studio

Anika Toro


Smathers Creations

Finding Focus


Shop small this Saturday

Posted: November 19th, 2012 | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

This November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country.

Burning Fork Studio is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and I encourage everyone to Shop Small® with us on November 24th.

Plus, we’re having a special Small Business Saturday offer! Visit my Etsy.com page on November 24th and qualify for Free Shipping on various items. You can find my Etsy page here.

Most importantly, get out there, Shop Small, and let’s make this November 24th the biggest day of the year for small business.

To learn more, visit www.shopsmall.com.


Pottery to be featured by the Arts & Cultural Alliance

Posted: September 18th, 2012 | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

I thought I’d re-post a media release that the Arts & Cultural Alliance put out here in Knoxville today. Excited to have my work featured in downtown Knoxville!

For Immediate Release

(August 17, 2012) – KNOXVILLE, TN – The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition of hand-built lace pottery by Lahla Deakins of Burning Fork Studio, opening Friday, October 5, at 5:00 PM in the display case of the Emporium Center in Knoxville. Deakins combines intricate lace patterns with simple forms to make variety of functional ware, from tumblers and serving dishes to picture frames and jewelry.

Lahla Deakins, a native of Johnson City, began taking pottery classes at the University of Tennessee as a journalism student, and instantly fell in love. After working as a copy editor and later receiving her Masters of Liberal Studies at East Tennessee State University, she decided to turn her artistic passion into a business, creating Burning Fork Studio in late 2010. The studio is located at West Jackson Workshops, 514 W. Jackson Ave., Suite 103, where Deakins creates her pottery and offers classes, workshops, and pottery parties for students age 4-adult.

“I’m inspired by vintage china patterns as well as sleek, modern forms, and I’ve always been drawn to rich textures,” says Deakins. “I love experimenting with pressing different types and patterns of lace into the clay—each one gives a piece an entirely unique personality.” Deakins uses lace she has collected from thrift shops, a local bridal shop’s scrap bin, and her own wedding dress, which inspired her to offer bridal lace special orders. Customers can bring her lace from their own wedding dress (or other keepsake lace) to have a custom vase, picture frame, or other piece designed. For more information about lessons and special orders, visit www.burningforkstudio.com.

Deakins’ pottery will be displayed at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, from October 5-26, 2012. An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on October 5 from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with additional hours on Saturday, October 6, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

About the Arts & Culture Alliance
The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission (www.tn.gov/arts) and First Tennessee Foundation (www.firsttennesseefoundation.com).

Contact: Suzanne Cada
PO Box 2506
Knoxville, TN 37901
(865) 523-7543


Arrowmont workshop—a great learning experience!

Posted: August 16th, 2012 | Filed under: Art excursions near and far, In the studio, Inspirations | No Comments »

This summer I spent two weeks attending a workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, taught by wonderfully talented potter  Lana Wilson. It covered hand-building techniques, plus Lana’s crazy cool slip decorating methods. We also had the treat of a guest artist for a couple of days, so we got some instruction from Sandi Pierantozzi, one of my absolute favorite potters ever!!

The best part of the whole workshop (where I learned to make several new pieces, including beautiful hand-built bowls!) was watching the contrast between Sandi’s and Lana’s work styles. Funny woman Lana calls herself “the queen of low standards,” which you certainly can’t tell if you’ve ever seen her work, but means she doesn’t stress over each seam and rim, and also just kind of likes to see what happens when, say, you slam the clay on the table 10 times. Sandi is more of a perfectionist, paying careful attention to measurements, angles, and symmetry in each piece. But both artists love texture and surface decoration (as do I!), and both produce stunning work, just with different ways of getting there. They were also charming, funny, and seemed genuinely delighted to share with us their experience and techniques, making the workshop a wonderfully comfortable learning environment—and making me energized and excited to create new work with all my new skills!