Leslie Parrott MSDC
Leslie read Civil engineering first at City University and then at Kings College, London University. After two years as a Patent Examiner, he researched materials in the construction industry and at various Universities before working for the cement industry. During this time ceramics was a recreational activity . In 2003 Leslie changed direction, built a studio and gas kiln and started to make porcelain and stoneware pots full-time. He is a member of West Forest Potters, The Dacorum and Chilterns Potters Guild, London Potters, The Society for Designer Craftsmen, The Oriental Ceramic Society, Hillingdon Artists , Studio Pottery and the Craft Potters Association for practical advice, demonstrations by other makers, publicity, feedback on venues and an extended social network.
Researched materials science and technology at various universities and in the cement and concrete sector publishing about 150 peer-reviewed publications, which provided a useful start for building a studio and kiln and exploring the science and the technology of making ceramics. Leslie's aesthetic influences started with Song dynasty ceramics and continued with interests in Ruskin-ware and other studio pottery.