Hi! My name is Leanne and I'm a ceramicist based in Nottingham. I work from my little converted outhouse studio at home, there's just enough room for me, my trusty slab roller and kiln and my radio for company. I have always had a passion for clay and crafting. This lead me to study Contemporary Decorative Crafts at Lincoln University where I specialised in ceramics and metalwork. A few years later I plucked up the courage to buy my first kiln and haven't looked back.
I predominately work with porcelain, producing a collection of feminine tea light holders, tea ware, vases, bowls and trinket dishes, framed pieces and a range of jewellery which compliments the collection. All items are hand built so that no two pieces will be the same. The surface is textured using lace, fabric and items from my vintage finds. Work is then glazed using a combination of under glazes, glazes and metal lustres.
Inspired by the lace heritage of Nottingham I combine the intricate and beautiful patterns of lace with the purity of porcelain to create a delicate almost textile like surface. When high fired the pieces become translucent allowing the patterns to shine through. A pastel colour pallete compliments the delicacy and metal lustres are used to highlight detail.
Further inspiration comes from my fascination with Victorian curiosities and collections and the cataloguing of natural history, in particular shells, butterflies, insects, birds and flowers. I love small groups of collected and found objects. At home I have an old printers drawer, each pocket is filled with objects of significance to me, holiday souvenirs, found objects, vintage finds and memories from my childhood.