Lesley-Ann Hoets is perhaps South Africa's best known Handwork Potter, popular for her organic shapes and Slip Trail designs.
She makes use of the Japanese technique of Raku to fire her pots as she is a lover of reduction, the obvious transformation by fire, and a touch of the unexpected. The blue bricking of the carbonized clay body and the silvery sheens from the iron’s heavy reduction contrasts with crackle and color and achieves textures reminiscent of metal and leather.
Lesley-Ann also runs a business making unique ceramic fireplaces. More info on this can be found at www.hotart.co.za
A video of Lesley-Ann can be found here Interview with Lesley-Ann