After working as a textile designer in the fashion trade for 20 years, Lesley decided 8 years ago to take a break from the creative world. She started a natural health business which allowed her plenty of free time and it was in this free time that she decided to enroll on a beginner’s ceramic course. Lesely was hooked! Her ceramic work has now taken over from her other business and Lesley is once again enjoying working creatively and designing and making beautiful objects…..only this time her medium is clay!
Using porcelain clay Lesley creates contemporary wall art, decorative vessels and jewellery inspired by the countryside surrounding her home in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Her work combines the use of engraved surface texture, oxide, resist and crackle glaze to depict and capture the beauty of the British landscape.
Lesley’s initial sketches are transferred onto the soft clay with texture then following a bisque firing resists, oxides and crackle glazes are applied to add detail, shading and contrast to the piece.
Heart Gallery is showcasing Lesley’s stylish wall plaques and vessels in the Christmas Exhibition and we love her colour palette and designs of the British countryside.