Based out of her garden studio in south Oxfordshire, Leighan is a studio potter who produces predominately wheel thrown functional stoneware. Tableware pieces such as jugs, cups, plates and bowls act as the final intention but what is interesting is the journey that Leighan takes to get there. Her work follows a lead from natural elements such as stone, charcoal, driftwood, grey slate, pebbles, water, iron and rust. Influenced by the raw beauty of the clay; the restriction in palette is offset by her desire to make marks, leave an imprint and allow texture to have its say.
Having worked for 20 years as an interior architect and designer, Leighan turned to pottery a few years ago because she ‘wanted to make something rather than just design it’. An instinctively practical and creative person, Leighan’s prior experiences continue to exert a strong influence over her work today; where functionality and simplicity of form are the running themes in all of the pieces that she creates. She is further inspired by the Japanese potters, and their intrinsic values of precision, aesthetics, utility and modesty.
She strives to produce work that is contemporary, modest, elegant, tactile and functional; easy to live with and a pleasure to use.
associate member of The Craft Potters Association
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