Artist Leandra Drumm says her work is inspired by the everyday people and things that surround her. What a delightful and fanciful world she must live in! Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Leandra is the daughter of two well-known artists, Don and Lisa Drumm. Her father is a nationally celebrated sculptor working in metals and cement, and her mother works in fiber arts. Since 1970, the family has owned and operated Don Drumm Studios & Gallery in Akron, which represents over 500 top professional artists and has been honored as one of the country’s Top Ten American Craft Galleries.
The whimsical figures and symbols decorating her etched glass and pewter collections illustrate her wonderful world of stars, whirligigs and sky-rockets. Along with a menagerie of odd-shaped animals and hyperactive men, women and children blessed with far out faces and figures, Leandra creates a unique world best described as “fantasy in motion”.
Her artwork combines storytelling with a marvelous sense of humor and functionality. Leandra is known for her crystal wedding bowls decorated with words and charming figures spinning tales from bottom to the top, as well as dinner plates and glassware. In pewter she creates fanciful switchplates, wall hangings, ornaments, and measuring spoons, guaranteed to bring smiles. Leandra’s work is sold in shops and galleries across the United States and Canada. Her collections have been featured in Bon Apetite Magazine and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. She and her work have also been celebrated in newspapers in Nashville, Chicago and Akron, and Northern Ohio Live Magazine named her one of the most interesting young people to watch for in 2000 and beyond. In 2003, she won first place in the international First Night poster contest for her design in Akron.