Leza McVey (1907-1984) was a pioneer of modernist ceramic design in America. McVey studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art (1927–1932) and at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center (1943–1944). Her husband, artist William McVey was an instructor at Cranbrook Academy. While at Cranbrook, Leza McVey befriended fellow female ceramicists, Maija Grotell and Toshiko Takaezu. Her contribution to the art world is recognized and her work is highly sought after by collectors and museum curators.