Posted at 13:23h
by Sarah O'Neill
Leah Ball is a Chicago-based jewelry maker, ceramicist, printmaker, feminist and advocate. Leah is many things, but above all, she is an artist dedicated to empowering others, promoting sex positivity, and creating ways and spaces to talk about difficult yet important topics.
“I didn’t necessarily mean to delve so deep into feminism,” Ball says as she sips on a champagne flute. “I mean, I thought I knew what it was, but I had no
idea. I knew things were bad, but I had no idea how bad.” We’re at Lula Café, a cozy restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square. Ball has smiled, waved, or chatted to at least three different people in the five minutes we’ve been there. “Are you still doing yoga?” she asks as she rubs a pregnant friend's belly. People gravitate towards her. Hell, they practically light up when they see her! As we get deeper into our conversation, we laugh a lot. This babe has a contagious smile and an even more contagious laugh. Her hands, clay residue from earlier ceramic work still present on her fingers, wave through the air as she speaks. No matter what topic we discuss, a humbled wisdom shines from behind the lenses of her large-framed glasses.