Leigh Mason

My work is influenced by my interest in surface and texture, in particular surfaces created by erosion, rust and fire and is further informed by my fascination with learning and process which is ‘both a curse and a blessing’.

My collections are a combination of smoke fired porcelain bowls, plates and sculptural pieces occasionally with inclusions of glass and surfaces created by the use of alternative firing techniques and wild crazy surfaces created by the use of lustres.

To enhance the smoke firing process I explore the local beaches for seaweed, shells and other ‘finds’ which I add to sawdust in my home built kiln which I fire in my garden.

“I love the tactility of working with clay, forming a piece, smoothing and perfecting the surface before relinquishing control to the kiln gods!”