Leila Denecke received her MFA degree from Louisiana State University after four years of study in Japan at the Tekisui Museum of Art and the ceramic Art Research Institute. She is a 2013 recipient of a Minnesota Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. In 2004, and again in 2008, she received the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists. Denecke’s work ranges from small yunomis (informal tea bowls) to large freestanding sculpture and installations. She works in stoneware and porcelain and uses various atmospheric kilns, such as wood and soda.