Les Blakebrough AM, Surf's Up, 2017, thrown Southern Ice porcelain tilted bowl, Huon pine handle, H 20 x D 28cm
Les Blakebrough, one of Australia’s leading ceramic artists, is represented in many galleries in Australia and overseas, including all Australian State Galleries, the National Gallery of Australian and the Royal Palace Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark. He has held dozens of solo exhibitions throughout Australia and is the recipient of numerous awards including a gold medal at the International Exhibition of Ceramic Art, Faenza, Italy, Churchill and Australia Council Fellowships, and many Australian Research Council Grants. In 2008 he was Senior Tasmanian of the Year.
British-born Blakebrough migrated to Australia in 1948 at the age of 18 and, after serving an apprenticeship at Sturt Pottery at Mittagong, studied with Kawai in Japan before returning to Australia to become Director of the Sturt Workshops. Since 1996 he has been Principal Research Fellow of the Ceramic Research Unit at the University of Tasmania.