Lesley at The Pottery Wheel

Hello and welcome to The Pottery Wheel, a site all about pottery, clay, and ceramics.  My name is Lesley MacKinnon and I’ve been making things out of clay since I was a child. 

My relationship with clay has changed over the years.  When I was little, I loved to make models, and then as a young adult, I got involved in sculpture.  My passion was portrait sculpture. 

At the time I lived on a canal boat, and I would spend my days making sculptures of the various boating folk who lived nearby.  Anyone with an interesting face became my inspiration. 

I had used a pottery wheel years ago at school, but somehow the idea of owning a wheel as an adult seemed impossible.  But things changed and as time passed I fell in love with making pottery. 

Lesley at The Pottery Wheel

Fast forward a few years and I now have a small pottery studio in my garden. 

The word studio is possibly a bit grand for what it is.  Essentially it’s a decorated shed that is stuffed to the rafters with my pottery, tools, and equipment.  But it is my haven and I love it there.

I juggle making pottery with being a mum to my young daughter and working too.  Life is full!  But there are few things that give me as much joy as going to my pottery shed on a sunny morning, with a mug of coffee, settling down, and getting into making mode.

I know that making things can feel intimidating, but there is something very grounding about working with clay. 

For me, I like to try to block out the noise of the world and focus on connecting with the clay.  When I can do that, I’m usually happier with what I’ve made and life in general.

I’m also aware that pottery can be pricey.  So as much as possible I like to share down-to-earth ways that you can make your pottery without breaking the bank.  

In The Pottery Wheel, I share the techniques that I use and the things that I continue to learn about ceramics. 

Topics include hand-building, wheel throwing, decorating, glazing, firing, and more.

I hope there is something of interest to you.  You will find plenty of step-by-step how-to guides on a range of pottery projects. 

As much as possible I supplement these guides with images and videos.

So, why not grab your mug of coffee and join me here on your pottery journey?

Lesley in The Pottery Wheel shed

Good luck and do drop me a line if you would like to get in touch. If you have any questions or comments, you can contact me here