Title: Britannia II
Size: 16cm height
Medium: Ceramic

Additional Information
"This piece is representing Scotland and her relationship to the rest of the UK after the Brexit elections. Britain is a country very divided in opinion. The ceramic transfers of flags are torn and fragmented showing the lack of unity. Living in Scotland I am aware that we have the exit from Europe to contend with, combined with the fresh memory of a failed referendum. The Image of European union is missing one of its stars and is melting at the edges, this is to represent the half of Scotland that wishes that star remained. The flags are torn into dagger-like shapes pointing at one another. I have included a shard of the USA flag to show that its political unrest permeates life in Britain. It represents the sense of threat that the new American president brings. I am using the form of the torso here to represent Britannia, protector goddess of our combined isles. Britain was named after her (by the Romans), but people forget she was once a goddess. Instead of a proud pose, she is shown as an inert object."

About the Artist

Graduated with Honours in Film and Theatre (M.A.) at Glasgow University in 1991. Continued at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art to specialise in stop motion animation, obtaining a diploma in Electronic Imaging.

Discovering later that ceramics was her preferred medium, she took a postgraduate ceramic course at DJCA followed by two summers' apprenticeship with Lotte Glob, in Durness. She has now been working with clay for over twenty years. From making ceramic jewellery in Mexico, hand thrown pottery in Spain to more abstract work in Scotland.

She now makes vessels and figures decorated with coloured slips, melted glass, circular markings and sometimes photographic images. The colours in her glaze decoration are informed by an abstract interpretation of the landscape. She begins by painting the landscape with acrylics on canvas which then inspire the glazing.

Goddesses often feature in her work as she plays with the idea that they too are responding to our political climate.

Her work combines abstract design with messages about the world we live in.

She has exhibited in Spain, Mexico and Scotland including;
The Sproson Gallery, St Andrews,
VAS 'Open' and ‘Fly’ at RSA; Edinburgh,
The Sutton Gallery; Edinburgh,
Glasgow Art Village,
Dunfermline’s Fire Station Creative,
St Andrews Botanic Gardens,
The Torrence Gallery; Edinburgh,
The Luti Gallery in Callander,
East Neuk Open Studios,
and The Fisher Gallery in Pittenweem.

Leonie has exhibited in the Pittenweem Art Festival for six years and demonstrated for Meet your Maker for Craft Scotland.

Last year she was commissioned to make two Baptism Fonts for St Salvators and St Leonards Chapel in St Andrews, Scotland.

Most recently she won St Andrew’s University Booker Prize competition with a sculptural response to Hisham Matar’s novel, ‘In the Country of Men’.