Alex Leckie

Alex Leckie (1932-2010) studied ceramics at the Glasgow School of Art before coming to Australia in 1955 and working as a thrower at Bennett's Magill Pottery. In 1956, he started teaching a new pottery course at the South Australian School of Arts and Crafts, where he met Helen McIntosh (1915-). Together, they set up the Ravenswood Pottery where they made functional stoneware in the Anglo- Oriental style. Leckie also made figurative sculptures based on thrown forms. In 1962, Leckie stopped teaching and worked full-time as a potter in his own studio for four years before returning to Scotland in 1966 and taking up a position as senior lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art, where he remained for twenty years. He visited Australia again for a three-month lecture tour and was Artist-in- Residence with the Melbourne State College in 1978. He is known for the revival of stoneware in South Australia and as the initiator of the South Australian figurative ceramics tradition. His works are signed with an incised, painted or impressed 'Leckie' and for a time he also used an impressed seal with three wavy lines and a circle. Works made with McIntosh may be just marked 'Ravenswood'.

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