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.
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. My passion for textiles and textiles techniques is evident within my work. I use weave to create woven bowl and tile forms enjoying the challenge of the textile process using a less flexible surface.
Further inspiration comes from my fascination with Victorian curiosities and collections and the cataloguing of natural history, in particular 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.
I predominately work with porcelain, producing a collection of feminine tea light holders, tea ware, vases, bowls and trinket dishes, framed pieces and jewellery. 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 and glazes. High fired temperatures allow the translucency of the porcelain surface to shine through.