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Lesley McInally

Cookstown, ON

Lesley McInally is an award winning Scottish ceramic artist now living and working in her own studio in Cookstown, Ontario.  She has been a full time artist since 1996, exhibiting and selling her work in galleries and craft shops throughout the United Kingdom until her move to Canada in 2004.  Her works are inspired by changing landscapes, seascapes, weather and historical monuments. "For me these themes are a starting point from which memories and emotions coalesce. The finished result becomes a vessel with reference to the natural drift and change of forms exposed to the elements over time." The clay is manipulated and stretched into a slab. Each slab is then cut, altered and joined to form a vessel. The work is often finished off with a lustre firing to highlight the subtle markings.  Each vessel is a non-functional one-of-kind piece intended to be viewed as a tactile and sculptural object.  As some of the glazes are porous, they are not suitable for holding water or food.