Clay Leonard is an American artist (born 1984 in Michigan). He received his Master of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University and his Bachelor of Fine from Adrian College in Michigan in 2006. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Houston – Clear Lake in Houston, Texas. Clay has also been an Artist-in-Residence at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, the International Ceramic Research Center: Guldagergaard in Denmark, and C.R.E.T.A. Rome in Rome, Italy. His current research focuses on the important ritual of sharing a meal, utilizing ceramic serving forms as a catalyst for interaction and communication. His work has been featured in various international and national exhibitions and publications including being featured in the May 2009 issue of Ceramics Monthly, as an Emerging Artist. His work is included in various public collections including the International Museum of Dinnerware Design in Michigan, Guldagergaard: International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, and in the National Museum of Slovenia.