LGG Creative Art Pottery / by Cindy Gonzales

Please welcome Leslie Green Guilbault of LGG Creative Art Pottery. She creates pottery and carves bone. What is cool about Leslie is she is stepping out on a limb and branching out into miniatures. Our job is to make sure she gets bitten by the miniature bug :) She will be located in the wholesale and retail Mardi Gras room. I can't wait to see what she creates!!!

From the artist:
I learned the basics of wheel-thrown pottery at the University of Notre Dame in 1988 and fell in love with it immediately, but the perfectionist in me made sure that I agonized about the process. Is this curve pronounced enough? Is the glaze color just right? Why doesn’t MY pot look as good as THAT pot? Analysis paralysis often struck me before my hands were even dirty. But after 25 years of being a slave to perfection, I’ve finally begun to tame that beast, and it all started with a simple bone.

I was walking through the woods with my son one day when we happened upon the skeleton of a fawn, long dead and most likely killed by the coyotes that we often hear howling and yipping in the night. Its bones were strewn loosely among the crumbled leaves, offering us an interesting diversion from our planned walk. The bones were picked clean by insects and bleached nearly white by the sun, which made them quite easy to find. We set home, our pockets filled with treasures, and Sammy carefully recreated the skeleton in the garage then stored the bones in a box. The next day, I found myself thinking about the tiny femur. I retrieved it from the box and turned it around in my hands. I don’t know why, but I had an intense desire to carve it. I hadn’t carved anything in my life—even clay—but I saw something in that bone that I wanted to bring to life. My husband kindly set aside his judgment of this plan and split the bone in half for me. And just like that, I was off and running.

Turns out that bone carving is hard work. It smells horrific, and the dust is toxic, which requires one to wear a respirator for hours on end, in addition to hearing and eye protection and vibration reducing gloves for safety. And it’s lonely. No one wants to be around me while the bone dust is flying. Nonetheless, I was won over by the interesting textures I could create and the amazing strength of this substance that is a part of each of us. Equally, appealing was the fact that I couldn’t find examples of sculptural bone art that looked even remotely similar to what I was making. My inner perfectionist was stymied by the lack of competition, and I enjoyed creating something just for myself. After completing three carvings, I was hooked on this art form and was excited to transfer this creative freedom to my pottery.

Taking an unformed hunk of clay and forming it into a vessel has always been great fun. Glazing, to me, is not. In college, I finished my early pieces in one-tone colors with little to no surface decoration to limit my glazing anxiety. When I started making pottery again in 2012 after decades of hibernation, I wanted to broaden my glazing skills. I began experimenting by painting designs on greenware then carving through the colored underglaze to reveal the light clay body beneath (scraffito technique). It takes a steady hand, and a great deal of patience to create my signature lines, and my inner perfectionist is quite happy when I do (I still let her out on occasion). I am inspired by geometric patterns and symmetrical designs found in Native American, African, and Middle Eastern art as well as the more chaotic and random patterns found in nature. I enjoy combining motifs from disparate cultures and representing them in new ways as I continue to perfect my skills and find my artistic voice. 

Night Owl - A Look Inside the Studio of Leslie Green Guilbault (Production by Andrea Kennedy)

See LGG Creative Art Pottery at the CIMTA 2017 Show!

January 23rd, 2017 - Wholesale Only

January 24th, 2017 - Wholesale until  12:00PM and then Retail until 5:00 PM.

Orleans Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada