About Lesley

Leslie Martin

Lesley Martin is a Fine Art graduate of Brighton College of Art. During her studies there she became aware of the exciting and accomplished decoration adorning the visiting fairs. Her degree show took on a fairground atmosphere, and after graduating she apprenticed herself to the Master Showman's Decorator Fred Fowle in Balham London.

The rich references found in fairground painting and a subsequent Interior Decorating business, using special decorative effects, have informed her ceramic work, which she began in 1996.

The theme of animals has been a constant one in her work, and she explores the sculptural and fantasy qualities of footwear. A fascination with natural forms can be seen in the outsized mushrooms and fruit.

Lesley works with stoneware and porcelain paperclay, matt glazes, oxides and underglazes. Sometimes introducing "found" ironmongery, high temperature firing wire and ceramic transfers.

Lesley Martin has a studio/showroom in South West London, and has been a member of The London Potters Association since 1997. She studies ceramics with Jill Crowley at Morley College, London.