Leonie Siri MacMillan
Born in New Hampshire, 1968.
Lives in Fife, UK.
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Self-employed ceramic artist, exhibiting work and teaching pottery classes to children and adults.
Has been working with ceramics for about twenty-five years.
Her production technique uses combinations of high fired clays, experimenting with plaster cast molds, textured markings and melted glass. She hand-builds and throws on the wheel. Colour is then applied using slips and self-made glazes which have been informed by abstract colour sketches. Sometimes the piece is then completed by adding photographic decals. Ceramics create an enduring record, that when embedded with photographs become a message for the future.
Making and painting Whales for the past year, she has been exploring their world within science and mythology.
2022 - Drawing Ecologies, DJCAD ( Online module, part of the MFA), Dundee.
2016 – Lifelong Learning evening degree at St Andrews University, English Literature, and Geography.
1995-96 Ceramic Apprenticeship with Lotte Glob, Sutherland U.K.
1995 Postgraduate paper on Ceramic Jewellery design for Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art.
1995 Postgraduate Ceramic development at DJCA, Dundee.
1991-92 Postgraduate diploma in Electronic Imaging from DJCA, Dundee.
1986-91 M.A. Hons in film & T.V./ Theatre studies from Glasgow University, Glasgow.
1980-86 Secondary schooling at Madras College, St. Andrews.
Present - Ceramic Artist/Teacher.
2022 Brugal whale installation painter , Fairmont hotel, St Andrews.
2022 Mental Health Festival Project, Sculpture workshop.
2018 VACMA award to develop making with Paper Clay (Funded by Fife Contemporary, Fife Cultural Trust and Creative Scotland)
2017 Booker Project. Won the St Andrew’s University competition with creative response to ‘In the country of Men’ by Hisham Matar.
2016 Commissioned by St Andrews University Chaplaincy to make 2 Baptism Fonts for St Salvators Chapel and St Leonards Chapel, St Andrews.
2015 Meet Your Maker at Cambo House, demonstrating my work process at event organised by Craft Scotland.
2012 Development Grant from Fife Council/ Fife Contemporary: Tuition from Marion Smith, Sculptor, in Plaster Casting.
2010 Photographed Amazing Beastie Art Project.
2005-2006 Box office assistant, Byre theatre, St. Andrews, Fife, U.K.
2005 Animated film production, ‘Jha Rags’, Byre theatre, St. Andrews, U.K.
2000-2005 Pottery teacher/ production in Orgiva, Spain.
1999-2000 Pottery teacher at Headway House, Dumfries, U.K.
1998-2000 Pottery business at Orchardton House, Dumfries.
1998 Ceramic Jewellery production, Tepoztlan, Mexico.
1997 Production Thrower, Uig Pottery, Isle of Skye, U.K.
1996-97 Pottery assistant to Lotte Glob, Far North Pottery, Durness, U.K.
1994-1995 Pottery assistant, St. Andrews Pottery, St. Andrews, U.K.
1995 Gaelic animation project, Acharacle, Scottish Highlands, U.K.
1994 Animator for West Highland Animation, Balquidder, Perthshire, U.K.
1993 Animated film, Scottish Film Council grant, First Reels, to make Ship of Fools, a model animation.
Produced several films: Jha Rags 2005, Beach Puppets 2003, Splodge Evolve 2002, Tepoz tree 1998, Silent Feast 1995, Ship of Fools 1993, Magi 1992, The Ravens 1992, The Washington 1992, Red and Blue 1991, Amelia 1990, Fife Aid 11 1988.
2022 - (November 5th/6th) Bowhouse Christmas Market, St Monans.
2022 - ( September 12th) Demonstration of Japanese throwing technique at SPA, The Bield, Perthshire.
2021 - Scottish Potters Online, Land sea and Fire exhibition , www.scottishpotters.org
Present - Craft Scotland Directory, selected member .
2021- Platform Review, featured artist with whale paintings.
East Neuk Open Studios, since 2017, next event online in November 2022. www.eastneukopenstudios.org
Weekly Pottery Workshops at All Saints Church Hall, St Andrews, now cancelled since lockdown. www.siriceramics.com/classes
And lots of craft fairs over the years such as Cambo Christmas, Crail Festival, St Leonards school, Little Birds Market……
2022 Fidra Fine Art, Gullane - Sedna and the Whale,
Sproson Gallery, St Andrews - Sedna, whales and sea creatures.
2022, 'Sedna', Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife.
2019, Whales, The Fisher gallery, Pittenweem, Sacred Cetaceans, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife
Whales in Plastic, Fidra Fine Art, Gullane
2018, Reson@te; Torsos, Image Collective gallery, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh, Torsos, Fidra Fina Art, Gullane,
Torsos and Figures, Lennon Gallery, Henderson Row, Edinburgh,
Goddesses and Vessels, Fidra Fine Art, Gullane, Ceramic
Torsos, Pittenweem Arts festival, Fife
2017 - Present, Seals, Birds and Torsos, The Sproson Gallery, St Andrews,
Ceramic Figures and Vessels, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife
2016/7 Lagunas, The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh, VAS ‘FLY’, RSA Galleries, Edinburgh Figurative, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife. Ceramic Figures, The Torrence Gallery, Edinburgh. Ceramic Figures, Fire Station Creative, Dumfermline. Ceramic Jewellery, Creative in Callander, The Trossachs.
2015 Round the Horn, Open studios, Kinghorn. Invited artist. Lagunas, Botanic Gardens, St Andrews, Fife.
2015 ‘Landscaping the Figure' Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife. Ceramic Sculpture,
Vessels, Fisher Gallery, Pittenweem, Fife.
2014-17 Ceramic sculpture, Art Village Scotland, Glasgow.
2014 Lagunas, Luti Gallery, Callander, The Trossachs. 'Swimmers' Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife.
2013 ‘Planets’ Pittenwem Arts festival, Fife.
2012 ‘Cars’ Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife.
2011 ‘Harled’ Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife
2010 Byre Theatre photographs of Amazing Beastie Art project.Vessels Botanical Gardens, St. Andrews.
2005-2009 Ceramic Sculpture, Jerdan Art Gallery, Crail.
2005 Animated backdrop for ‘Jha Rags’ Byre Theatre, St. Andrews
2000-2005 Ceramic Sculpture, Weekly Orgiva Market and La Manzanilla, Orgiva, Spain.
1999 Ceramic planet film projection in Orchardton house, Dumfriesshire. Three-legged porcelain bowls in Flat Cat Gallery, Dumfriesshire.
1998 Porcelain Bowls in Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries.
1997 Raku Tea Bowls in Just Art, Inverness. Ceramic Jewellery in Tepoztlan, Mexico
1996-2004 Ceramic Jewellery/ Sculpture in Crawford Arts centre, St. Andrews.
1994 Touring exhibition of models from Ship of Fools, ‘Cartoon Plus’.
1993 Ship of Fools screened at G.F.T. Glasgow.