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.
This year she is exploring endangered animals and mass extinctions, especially Cetaceans and their precarious place on the planet.
Her work combines abstract design with messages about the world we live in.
She has exhibited in Spain, Mexico and Scotland.
Present exhibitions –The Fidra Gallery, Guillane , The Sproson Gallery, St Andrews.
Collective Gallery, Edinburgh Ocean Terminal 'Resonate' ( Nov. '18)
VAS 'Open' and ‘Fly’ at RSA; Edinburgh (2017/18)
The Sutton Gallery; Edinburgh,(2017)
Glasgow Art Village,(2013-17)
Dunfermline’s Fire Station Creative,(2016)
St Andrews Botanic Gardens,(2012-16)
The Torrence Gallery; Edinburgh,(2016)
The Luti Gallery in Callander,(2015-16)
East Neuk Open Studios,(2017 -present)
and The Fisher Gallery in Pittenweem.(2015)
Leonie has exhibited in the Pittenweem Art Festival for seven 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’.