Internationally exhibited and award winning artist Leslie Bolin works and plays in her studio gallery adjacent to her home on Heffley Lake, 30 minutes north east of Kamloops. A native of California, she moved to BC in 1975, subsequent to completion of her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. The symbol of the salmon as a metaphor for journey is a recurrent image in Leslie's work. She equates the will of the salmon, reflected in its phenomenal migratory story, to our own human potential. As a contemporary ceramist, she combines conventional technology and primitive processes; wheel thrown, slab and hand built clay work to create unique one-of-a-kind raku pieces. The artist's multimedia installations speak to topical multilateral issues through the incorporation of photography, video, and electronic signage. As a teacher she facilitates opportunities for youth to explore the integration of art and social concerns.
Zen celebrates the profound beauty of the commonplace, the extraordinary in the ordinary. Its essence is that we take time from our busy lives, to stop, to contemplate in an atmosphere of peace and harmony. I choose to create aesthetic ceramic works that will cause the viewer to pause and reflect, as though before an altar.
To pay close attention to the creation of a beautiful clay form and then relinquish it to the spontaneity of raku and pit-fired techniques is an exciting and liberating force: elemental, conceptual and limitless.
Leslie Bolin's art exists in corporate, public and private collections around the world and can be found in select galleries in Canada and the USA.
Salmon Red Large 8 x 12 x 8 in. Raku Pottery
Ursa Major 9 x 10 x 2 in. Raku Pottery
Young Salmon 4.5 x 11 x 2 in. Raku Pottery
Adolescent Salmon - Teal 4 x 11 x 2 in. Raku Pottery
Medium Salmon - Copper 6 x 16 x 2 in. Raku Pottery
Circle of Life Plate I 7 x 7 x 2 in.
Circle of Life Plate II 7 x 7 x 2 in. Raku Pottery
Alces Alces - Moose - Copper/White 10 x 10 x 2 in. Raku Pottery
Circle of Life (Male and Female Spawning Salmon) 8.5 x 18 x 18 in. Raku Pottery
Alces Alces - Moose 11.5 x 10.5 x 2 in. Raku Pottery
Ursus americanus - Kermode Bear 9.5 x 10.5 x 2 in. Raku Pottery
Ursus americanus - Teal Bear 7.5 x 11.5 x 2 in. Raku Pottery
Blue Green River Warrior 10 x 18 x 16 in. Raku Pottery
Red And Gold River Warrior 10 x 18 x 16 in. Raku Pottery