Pymm's Brook is a small brook, close to my previous home in East Barnet. During an extraordinarily wet summer the brook bubbled and tore through its usually tranquil surroundings, threatening to burst the banks.
The work is in four interlocking sections, each made up of thrown components.
Hourly paid ceramics tutor, City Lit FE College, Covent Garden, London. Teaching mainly focussing on throwing and beginners courses covering all aspects of ceramics (Sept 2010-2017).
Ceramics technician, two days a week, City Lit FE College, Covent Garden, London (Sept 2008-2017).
2007– 2009 Dip HE Ceramics & Fine Art, City Lit
2004–2007 Courses to BTec, City & Islington
August 2004 Ridge Pottery, Somerset
Feb 2019 Coastival, Scarborough
July-Sep 2016 Arts Depot Open
May-June 2015 Visual Arts Staff Show, City Lit
May-June 2013 Visual Arts Staff Show, City Lit
July 2012 Arts Depot Open
May-June 2012 Visual Arts Staff Show, City Lit
July 2009 New Designers, London
July 2009 Diploma Show, City Lit, London
Before 2007 I was a regular exhibitor at local craft fairs in and around Barnet, North London.
Before taking up ceramics, my final full time role was Media Director, Amnesty International UK (January 2003 to June 2004).
Between June 1988 and June 2004 I worked full time in media relations and public relations, mainly in the voluntary sector, including Save the Children, Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Mental Health Foundation.
Together We Stand is a figurative piece, with the emphasis on the vessel’s shoulders and neck. It communicates the strength, dignity, power and importance of human relations and mutual support – despite the chains that bind. It was loosely inspired by reading around the subject of civil rights and slavery in America, including films such as Selma, which followed Martin Luther King and the march for equal voting rights, and Django Unchained.
An open sea. Far reaching views from the seal's eye point of the swimmer. Steady bands of colour reflecting the light. Movement and buoyancy. A joyous gentle sea to lose yourself in.
Lesley Warner ceramics
This is one piece of a new body of work based on morning sea swims. After swimming in the North Sea off Scarborough I explore the ideas and the form in my sketchbook and then make the sculpture or vessel that this suggests.
A large bowl, thrown and decorated on the wheel, embodying the feeling of swimming in wide open seas (detail on front page). The first two in the series were made as commissions - one for our Scarborough apartment, and the second inscribed as a wedding present - but for me they unlocked a wave of new work....