LEE STEELE - CERAMIC ARTIST
Lee’s career has traversed a diverse path from working on North Sea oil rigs to the therapy departments in medium and high security psychiatric units. Along the way he studied 3D design in York, ran his own gallery and studio in Robin Hoods Bay and is now based in East Yorkshire.
Lee’s current collection of studio ceramics "Salvage Ware" is inspired by the industrial and coastal landscape and the way in which the processes of erosion and corrosion change and distort the materials and fabric of industry.
By combining clays, oxides, slip and glaze Lee designs and creates thought provoking, original, hand-built retro-industrial pieces where functionality has been tempered by the corrosive nature of environment and time.
Lee has work exhibited in several galleries in Yorkshire and forthcoming group exhibitions in London and Lisbon and sold his first piece of Salvage Ware to a member of Arts Council England. He regularly works with York University Archaeological department and has run workshops for the Leeds International Medieval Congress and the Royal Armouries. He has also had commissions sent as far as Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia.
1994 - 1996
BTEC HND 3D Design Crafts
York College of Further & Higher Education, York.
Selected Group Exhibitions
23rd July to 5th August 2019
OIL & RUST
Castle Douglas Art Gallery
Market Street, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire
Scotland, DG7 1BE
October 2018 LISBON INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITION 2018
Atelier Natalia Gromicho, Lisbon, Portugal
July 2018 Sculpture & Ceramics Exhibition, 5th Edition.
The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery & La Galleria Pall Mall, London
2017 Offenhauslive – International On-line Exhibition
Annual Summer Exhibition
2017 A Baker’s Dozen – Ceramics & Sculpture from 13 Selected Makers
Art in the Mill, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England
2016 Inspirations – Visual Communication between 8 Artists
The Gallery on the Wolds, Bainton, East Yorkshire, England
2015 Land Meets Water
Pop Gallery, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England
Towcester Museum, Northamptonshire, England
Benningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire, England
National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana, Kazakhstan
National Museum, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Works held in private collections in United Kingdom and Norway.
2009 - to present
I run adult and family pottery classes at my studio in Holme-on-Spalding Moor, East Yorkshire, England and pottery workshops at external locations including schools, museums, historical fairs. (For details of classes etc. please visit my website - www.thepotterman.co.uk)
2017/2018 Guest speaker/workshops
Department of Archaeology, University of York, England
2016 Guest speaker/workshop – “When I perhaps compounded am with clay”
Leeds International Medieval Congress
University of Leeds, England
2016 Guest speaker/workshops
Royal Armouries, Leeds, England
1998-2008 Activity session leader/Technical instructor
Various secure and medium secure specialist care settings.