Orna Eliyahu-Oron of Orna’s Pottery has been selling handmade pottery at Pike Place Market since 2005. Orna’s work is inspired by the rich natural environment of the Pacific Northwest and by indigenous pottery-making traditions from around the world.
Her pieces are made from stoneware and porcelain, using different techniques such as throwing and hand-building. Out of fascination with the lush green forests of the Pacific Northwest, Orna created a line of porcelain dishes named Cascade Impressions. Each piece is individually hand-crafted with imprints of real leaves. Most of the leaves belong to native Northwest plants and are harvested in an environmentally responsible manner. Orna’s most popular items include mugs, spoon rests, leaf dishes, and kitchen accessories.
Orna was born and raised in Israel to parents of Cochin Jewish ancestry, who immigrated to Israel from South India. She holds a BA in Archaeology and Art History, and an MA in Art History, from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
All her life, she has loved to create. In 1998, after a year of jewelry-making courses at the University of New Mexico, Orna enrolled in a pottery class and found my passion. In 2005 she started Orna’s Pottery, and later that year was invited to join the artist community of Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.