New images coming soon!

Posted: July 27th, 2012 | Filed under: Art excursions near and far | No Comments »

I’ve been busy outside the studio this week working with the wonderfully talented Bridgette Cyr, who has been photographing my work for me! It was all a blast, but my favorite part was putting together different table settings for her to shoot. I cannot WAIT to see the finished product, and to share all the new, lovely images with you all in my Etsy shop and here on the website! Here is a teeny, tiny sneak peak (and I took these two pics, with my phone no less, so they are no indication of Bridgette’s work, haha!).

Clay class with kids’ camp at Literacy Imperative

Posted: July 27th, 2012 | Filed under: Art excursions near and far | No Comments »

This week I visited the Literacy Imperative to teach an art class for their kids’ Tennis in the Center City camp (it meets twice a week all summer, and not only do the kids get tennis lessons, but also visual arts, dance classes, and tutoring). As usual, I was having too much fun to remember to take pictures during the actual class, but here’s part of the group before we got started, and the name plates they made. They are so creative!! I’ll go back to do a collage class with them next week.


Burning Fork at Blue Plum!

Posted: April 29th, 2012 | Filed under: Art excursions near and far | No Comments »

I am super excited to be participating in Johnson City, TN’s Blue Plum Festival as an art vendor this year! This is my hometown festival’s 13th year, and I have been attending for about that long to enjoy the great music and local art, and to see pretty much everyone I’ve ever known once a year on the first weekend in June.

For several years my youngest brother (the Boy Wonder, as I like to call him) has performed on the Blue Plum’s stages, and one year our middle brother and even my husband joined in to play with him. So, I’m happy to round out the family Blue Plum participation by setting up my art booth on June 1-2 this year! Here’s an article about this year’s musical lineup and more info on the Blue Plum. Hope to see you there!

Brian Sohn (my hubbie!), Avery and Dustin Deakins (left to right) play at the Blue Plum in 2010.

New lace tests

Posted: March 6th, 2012 | Filed under: In the studio | No Comments »

Today I experimented with some new lace patterns, courtesy of White Orchid Bridal. Colleen at White Orchid made me a beautiful wedding dress a couple of years ago, so when I decided to start offering bridal lace pottery for special order, I thought the lace from my own dress would be a great place to start. She was nice enough to raid her scrap bin for me, and I got all sorts of goodies! Scroll over or click on the pics to learn about my process.

Local Etsy Team Upcoming Events

Posted: October 10th, 2011 | Filed under: Art excursions near and far | No Comments »

Tonight at 7 p.m. Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team is hosting a workshop for members and other sellers on “How to Get Noticed on Etsy.” Join us to learn about how to make your online shop successful! 130 W. Jackson Ave. Suite 103.

Here are links to PDFs of the agenda and handouts for the workshop:




And in other KCHST news, don’t forget about our Fall Show and Sale, happening in conjunction with the Homberg Art Market in Bearden November 5!

Another FREE workshop opportunity is also happening in November: Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Boost Your Signal, Reach Your Tribe Web Strategy Workshop with Danielle Nelson. You don’t have to be an Etsy seller or member of our team to participate!

Ladies Craft Nights with Burning Fork and Blooming Earth!

Posted: August 6th, 2011 | Filed under: In the studio | No Comments »

Join us on the third Wednesday of each to share a little creative energy! Bring your own craft project to work on while enjoying the company of fellow creatives; team up with Blooming Earth to make the farm-inspired project of the month; or join Burning Fork to make some pottery.

Begins August 17, 2011!

All the details:

  • Located at 514 W. Jackson Ave., West Jackson Workshops, Suite 103, Knoxville, TN.
  • From 7-9 p.m., each third Wednesday of the month.
  • Bring a bottle of wine and/or snacks to share.
  • Burning Fork Studio pottery projects start at $15 per person, including supplies and firing.
  • Blooming Earth Flowers projects start at $15 per person, including supplies.
  • Studio fee for all participants is $3 at the door.

House projects for August 17:

  • Blooming Earth Flowers: TBA
  • Burning Fork Studio: Coil Pots


Pottery Parties @ Burning Fork Studio

Posted: June 24th, 2011 | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Burning Fork Studio, LLC, is pleased to announce that we are now offering creative party experiences for a variety of occasions—children’s and adults’ birthday parties, girls’ (or guys!) night out, bridal showers, date nights, or whatever you want to celebrate!

Burning Fork Pottery Parties allow participants to create their own original, hand-built, ceramic works of art, which we will then fire for you to pick up within about 2 weeks after your party. There are a variety of hand-building party plans to choose from at different price points.

(Hand-built pottery is pottery made by hand not on a wheel—the studio can offer wheel-throwing parties for up to four adults. Contact us for pricing options.)

All two-hour parties include the following services:

Classroom set up by Burning Fork Studio ~ Lesson provided by Lahla Deakins of Burning Fork Studio ~Use of Burning Fork Studio’s tools and materials ~ Bisque firing of student work ~Glazing (if included or purchased with party plan) ~ Finish firing of student work ~ Scheduled pick up time for finished pieces

You are welcome to bring your own snacks, beverages, party decorations, and music to set the mood for your event!

Hand-building party pricing options* for up to 10 people** (for a two-hour party):

A. Pottery party with choice of three glaze colors: $35 per person (no fewer than 5 people)

B. Pottery party with one glaze color option: $30 per person (no fewer than 5 people)

C. Pottery party with NO glaze option: $20 per person (no fewer than 5 people)

*Pricing may vary slightly depending on the project you choose and the number of people in your party (see options below). Please contact the studio to make sure your project option fits into the pricing category of your choice.

**If you would like to host a party with fewer than 5 people or more than 10 (the studio can handle large parties—ask about availability for your group), please contact Lahla Deakins for special pricing and project options.

A deposit of one half the total cost of your party is due two weeks before the party date to reserve your time slot.

Two weeks’ advance reservation is required for all parties of more than 5 people. For smaller parties, we know that sometimes you might not be able to plan that far ahead—just call to find out if you can have your party on shorter notice, depending on studio availability.

Party project options include (but are not limited to):

Magnets ~ House numbers or other wall plaques ~ Pinch pots ~ Coil pots ~ Slab pots ~ Mugs ~ Covered slab jars ~ Sculptures or masks (great for kids’ parties!) ~ OR-ask about creating a project idea of your own!

Global Craft Party!

Posted: June 13th, 2011 | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Last Friday (June 10), I hosted a craft party along with Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team in honor of Etsy’s Global Craft Party day. So, while others around the globe crafted, a small group of us here at Burning Fork Studio got together to share a potluck dinner and make some pottery.

I led the group in making slab pots, which all turned out delightfully different and wonderfully creative! Here are the pics of our night. To see what others made on Friday night from around the world, check out And if you missed this craft party, you can always schedule your own here at Burning Fork Studio! Contact me for details.

Workshops, class times posted!

Posted: May 16th, 2011 | Filed under: In the studio | No Comments »

Burning Fork has scheduled some exciting and fun workshops and classes in the upcoming months, and details are posted here!

Now, since I am not all that technologically savvy, I somehow deleted the contents of the Lessons page, and made it impossible to get to the Classes and Workshops page from anywhere but the links in this post and on the Home page. Oops. Planning on getting that taken care of as soon as Nathanna gets back from vacation to rescue me!

At any rate, there’s lots coming up, including Family Clay Workshops (for the whole family!) in July, regular class sessions beginning in August (with a Native American Pottery session for kids, and throwing and handbuilding for adults), not to mention our upcoming Downtown Kids Yoga and Arts Summer Camp, which starts in June! Space is limited, so sign up fast!

If you have any questions at all about any of the above, or would like to register for a class, please contact me, lahla@burningforkstudio, for more information.

Friday Roundup: Upcoming events and other goodies

Posted: April 29th, 2011 | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Wow! The end of April is upon us, and May is just around the corner. That means there are lots of events coming up, and my studio will be in order in just a few days (one way or another!). Read on to find out about Burning Fork  happenings and other fun stuff.

Upcoming events at Burning Fork, art sales, etc.

I’m in a rush to get my studio in order so all of you can come see it this time next week! Blooming Earth Flowers, Girl House Productions and Burning Fork will host an awesome open house to welcome everyone to our new space for First Friday, May 6. You can check out details about the event and RSVP at Stacey and I will be demonstrating our crafts, and I’ll have some art for sale of course. We’ll also have some snacks, desserts, and homebrew made by Stacey, so be sure to stop by!

On May 14 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. I’ll be participating in the 3rd Annual Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team Spring Show and Sale. The sale features all local Etsy vendors, which is pretty exciting. We’ll be in the Old City on Jackson Ave., in a space located next to Remedy Coffee. (click the link above to learn more).

On that same weekend, be sure to check out the first Market Square Farmers’ Market of the 2011 season! I have been enjoying the market with its many art and fresh produce vendors on my visits to Knoxville for years, and am super excited to be participating as an art vendor this year. I’ll start setting up my booth on the square beginning in July and then throughout the season. I’ll post my dates soon.

Studio update

Here are a few pics of progress in the studio. I know, it’s kind of a wreck right now, but all that mess is going to lead a great result, I promise!

You can see that I’ve got a lot of salvaged furniture items in there, including the super-awesome counter with 20 (yes, 20) drawers that came from an old Johnson City pharmacy. It and the 12 foot long work table, a bunch of folding closet doors I’ll use as a room divider, and a huge folding table came from my dad, who saves everything, which seems ridiculous until you need anything—anything at all! Very handy, and cheap, AND environmentally friendly.

The wonderful layout, which you cannot see for all the boxes and junk everywhere, was designed for me by my wonderfully talented friend and interior designer, Susan Ward. She magically fit all of my gigantic furniture into my half of the studio, and also designed a layout for Blooming Earth Flowers’ half of the room.

Ok, gotta get back to work painting salvaged studio furniture! Have a great weekend, and hope to see you next Friday!