Andrea Leila Denecke is a ceramic sculptor and potter who lives in the St Croix Valley in Scandia, MN.
Leila studied extensively in Japan at the Tekisui Museum of Art – Ceramic Art Research Institute in Ashiya, (Diploma with Honors) and then later received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
She was commissioned to create a large monument “Stele Mississippi” for the Sister City of Minneapolis – Ibaraki City, Japan as well as the “United Fountain” in the lobby of the United Hospital in St. Paul. Leila’s functional work is included as part of the permanent collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Minnesota History Center, Bemidji State University – Margaret Harlow Collection, Ibaraki City Museum (Japan), Seto Museum of Art (Japan) and MunGyeong Municipal Museum (Korea) as well as private collections.
Ms. Denecke is honored to have received McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists grants in 2004 and 2008, as well as the Jerome/Franconia Sculpture Park Residency Fellowship grant to build a large sculpture at Franconia, and two Minnesota State Arts Board “Artist Initiative” grants. She was invited to be a guest Artist in Residence in Seto, Japan in 2001 and most recently, was one of 14 International Artists to be invited to participate in the 2015 MunGyeong Chasabal Festival, a tea bowl festival in South Korea.