Elissa Ehlin and James Leritz established Kiln Design Studio in 2002 specializing in Copper and Enamel - specifically tableware, sculpture and mobiles.
Each piece is hand made in traditions that can be traced back to the tenth-century Byzantine Empire, and popularized in the American Art Deco scene.
Elissa & Jay's award winning pieces have been featured in the San Francisco MOMA, Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art Tokyo and The Smithsonian. They have designed for Takashimaya, Bergdorf Goodman, Calvin Klein, Kate Spade, Waterworks and Barneys, and their pieces have also been featured in The New York Times, Elle Decor, Vogue, and InStyle magazine among countless other publications.
Kiln incorporates a modern sensibility with a strong emphasis toward the latest developments in art and product design.
Their bespoke process focuses on client context; considering factors such as client interests, place in history, geographical region, and purpose of the space, surrounding community, current creative movements and sustainability.
Elissa has served on the board of the Color Association of the United States since 2009 forecasting color trends for environments, products & Interiors.
Elissa is an occasional guest editor for Modestics - an online publication geared towards domestic design with a focus on Handmade in the USA.
Elissa & Jay are also members of several Enamel Societies + The American Craft Council
Elissa and James live and work in Williamsburg Brooklyn NYC