She chose iconic modern pieces to furnish the home she bought after her divorce at a time when classic modern and mid-century modern pieces were available and affordable.
Her first purchase, a spare Wilhem Wagenfeld Bauhaus table lamp, is near a richly carved Italian chair from the traditional Kirkwood house she had previously lived in. The juxtaposition not only works in terms of design, but the bold pairing also advances the tale of a woman who isn’t afraid to take risks.
She had originally planned to become a journalist. After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in English Literature, she got a job as a commuter journalist for the Globe Democrat. When a full-time job at the Globe didn’t materialize, she switched to working in copywriting, advertising and public relations, before setting up her own public relations firm. But something was missing.
âI have always been a designer. I sewed, I made and I loved making art. When I was 55, I decided that if I wasn’t doing art then, when was I going to do it? My two children were in college and I was still married. I started taking goldsmithing classes at Craft Alliance on Saturday, my day off, with Joe Muensch, âshe says.
âAfter a few years of Saturday classes, I closed my PR firm and decided to launch my studio in Crestwood,â she says. âI am a silversmith who makes jewelry and small sculptures. I like to think of myself as writing in metal. I’m looking for metaphors to incorporate into my art, âshe says. We featured Leicht’s work in Made in St. Louis in 2017.