Leanne Stephan was born in the Guangdong Province in Southern China in 1997. In 1999, she moved to Lititz, Pennsylvania, United States. Her interest in object-hood developed through straddling two different cultures that hold different standards for materiality of the objects we allow into our lives. Through further research, Leanne has developed a practice around the heightened awareness of the tangible and intangible world around us.
For three months in the fall of 2017, Leanne exhibited her print work at the Plymouth College of Art in the United Kingdom. In March of 2017, Leanne was awarded a ceramic scholarship from the faculty of the Division of Ceramic Art of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In July 2017, Leanne attended a one-week workshop at Peters Valley School of Craft in New Jersey taught by artist Kate Maury. She has exhibited her ceramic and print work at multiple exhibitions at the Robert C. Turner Gallery in Alfred, New York in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In May 2018, Leanne traveled to Florence, Italy to study on-site painting and Italian. Then, in June 2018, she exhibited her paintings in the show, Incontri, at the San Gallo Gallery in Florence, Italy.
Leanne has completed her studies at the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University and graduated with a BFA in May 2019. She is developing a practice around object-hood through shape, texture, and size. Currently, she is researching clay body and glaze development at AMACO/brent in Indianapolis, Indiana.