Leonie Stanton LSDC


About Leonie
Leonie's practice is about making thrown simple abstract forms that address notions of scale, functionality and the vessel. She aims to create a language of form, which regardless of scale, has an essential elemental quality. She works in earthenware, stoneware and porcelain and fires in both oxidation and reduction.
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Leonie's work aims to harness her fascination with the physicality of Nature; its monumental solidity, stillness and quiet, by distilling recollections of an intrinsic sense of place. She works in thrown abstract series, forging collections of filtered responses, questioning the notion of scale. She achieves this by balancing volume, proportion and the outline of a piece, juxtaposing a flat hard edge against a rounder softer surface. This creates tensions between the clarity of the form and the finish of the piece. She often adds coloured oxide inclusions into the clay body in order to imbue a sense of permanence and longevity. She achieves this by mixing porcelain with combinations of oxides that either speckle or bleed through the clay body when fired. This process allows for ‘decoration’ to be integral to the piece, allowing the form to not be interrupted. She frequently polishes the surfaces with a diamond pad to make them very tactile, but also juxtaposes surfaces whether tonally with slip or glaze to create a ‘chiaroscuro’ effect in order to strengthen the forms. Often she throws these forms upside down on the wheel, creating double walled vessels, generating forms where you would expect to find interior voids.

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2013-2015 City Lit, London Two Year Diploma in Ceramics

1996-1999 Wimbledon School of Art, London BA (Hons.) Fine Art: Painting

1993-1995 Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum MA (RCA/V&A) History of Design

1990-1993 Manchester Metropolitan University BA (Hons.) History of Art & History of Design

Awards & Residencies


Selected to exhibit at The Oxford Ceramics Fair by the

Craft Potters’ Association as an Associate Member

Selected for the British Craft Pavilion by Hole & Corner, London Design Fair

Awarded a Professional Development Bursary from a-n -

The Artists Information Company


Selected for Seven Week Mentored Residency, ‘Piccolpasso’,

International School of Ceramics, Certaldo, Italy. Mentor: John Colbeck


Selected for Three Month Studio Residency ‘On Centre’,

International School of Ceramics, Certaldo, Italy

Tutors: Pietro Maddalena & John Colbeck

2000-2001 Awarded The Florence Trust Artist in Residency, London



The Hand of the Maker – SDC, Chelsea College of Art, London

Dulwich Festival – Artists’ Open House, London

'Surface’, Clay Store, London

Innovations in Ceramic Art, Cambridge

'Towards the Light’, Tregony Gallery, Tregony, Cornwall


‘Drawing In’, Tregony Gallery, Tregony, Cornwall

Oxford Ceramics Fair, Oxford

British Craft Pavilion, London Design Fair, London

‘Wall, Window World’, Tregony Gallery, Tregony, Cornwall

‘A Sea of Colour’, Tregony Gallery, Tregony, Cornwall

Klay @ Craft Central, Clerkenwell, London


La Meridiana, Certaldo, Italy

Klay @ Malden Road, Camden, London


New Designers, London

Talks, Workshops & Publications


Hey Clay! The Kiln Rooms, London: assisting with workshop


“A Playful Search for Beauty”, chaired by Hole & Corner.

A Discussion on the Importance of Material, Process and Approach in Ceramics.

British Craft Pavilion, London Design Fair, 23 September

“Throwing It Large””, a-n, The Artist Information Company,

Professional Development Bursary Blog, http://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/thr...

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