“Landscape, seascape, and the effects of weather have always had an enormous influence on my work.”
Born and raised in Scotland, Lesley graduated in 1994, with an honours degree in ceramic design from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland. Following a brief period managing Pitlochry Pottery she set up her own studio in Glasgow and developed a successful career as a full-time ceramic artist producing both functional and sculptural work exhibiting and selling through galleries and gift shops throughout the UK.
She immigrated to Canada with her partner in 2004 and settled in Cookstown, ON, in a landscape that reminded her of her homeland. Lesley says: “Landscape, seascape, weather and it’s effects have always had an enormous influence on my work. Moving to another country with such a different climate and wonderfully dramatic seasons has played an enormous role on my current body of ceramics”. In her recent work she uses her old printmaking techniques, layering ceramic pigments and hand coloured porcelain engobes to create complex textural surfaces that reveal hidden bursts of colour on soft, rounded forms, like weathered boulders.
Lesley’s work is found in Ontario galleries and in New York at Cavin-Morris Gallery.