Leah uses ceramics as a canvas, as a surface on which to explore ideas surrounding mathematics and art. Deconstructing Renaissance paintings to their fundamental elements, unearthing hidden geometric structures that reside beneath the surface. She carves each vessel by hand with an aim to increase the complexity and precision of detail to appear mechanically manufactured. She calls this aesthetic ‘anti-digital’. The patterns derived from each painting are determined by significant points in the image, which are mapped onto the surface of the vessels using pins and paper. The holes left behind dictate where the artist carves, generating an added challenge by creating irregular intervals in the surfaces.
Leah combines materials in order to produce the highest possible contrast in colour and texture: clean, smooth, white porcelain against dark, burnt wood; grogged clay partially covered by a glassy shell. Juxtaposed to toy with the idea of producing a subtle feeling of discomfort in the viewer. Carving each vessel by hand is a very slow and meditative process that allows space for reflection. Once the vessel is complete the narrative is hidden, just as the structure of the painting before it.
Leah obtained a BA (HONS) Contemporary Crafts in 2014 from Falmouth University. A year later she was selected to be part of the Craft Council’s Hot House Programme. Leah has exhibited widely and internationally since graduating including Contemporary Living: Art, Craft & Design at Christie’s, South Kensington, London and British Craft: The Miami Edit at Miami Beach, Florida.
Crafting a Difference at the Argentine Ambassador's Official ResidencePart of London Craft Week 4 - 10 Oct 2021Crafting a Difference at the Official Residence of the Argentine Ambassador in Belgrave Square, London runs from October 4th -10th. The exhibition celebrates outstanding international contemporary craft set within the magnificent architecture, décor and fabric of the Argentine Ambassador’s Official Residence, in the frame of London Craft Week 2021, with support from the Crafts Council, QEST, Loewe Foundation, Michelangelo Foundation, Cockpit Arts, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour and Artegian Design.Read more
Crafting a Difference at SoShiro – London Art Fair Edition22 Jan - 15 Feb 2021We are proud to be part of Crafting a Difference at SoShiro – a physical exhibition of innovative craftsmanship housed in a beautiful townhouse in Marylebone, London. Curated by Brian...Read more
FOCUS/20Cavaliero Finn presents work by eight leading ceramicists 14 - 25 Sep 2020We are back from a short summer break and, for the first time since lockdown, we are exhibiting again and the good news is that there’s still time to see...Read more
Collect 202027 Feb - 1 Mar 2020Earlier this year Cavaliero Finn exhibited at Collect, the Crafts Council’s international art fair for modern craft and design, held at Somerset House, Collect’s new venue, showcasing the work of...Read more
Alter27 Nov - 1 Dec 2019“Alter”, a ceramic exhibition presented by Cavaliero Finn at Fitzrovia Chapel examines the transformative qualities of clay and the belief in the transformative power of material thinking through innovation and experimentation.Read more