Les Blakebrough migrated to Australia from England 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. In 1996 he was appointed Principal Research Fellow of the Ceramic Research Unit at the University of Tasmania. He has held dozens of solo exhibitions throughout Australia and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Churchill and Australia Council Fellowships, and many Australian Research Council Grants.
Les Blakebrough’s work with unglazed porcelain includes the process of ‘deep etching’, where layers of clay are progressively washed away to create a translucent image. Lately he has drawn images from the escarpment and waters of the Illawarra, on the east coast of NSW, and from the giant kelp forests in the deep cold waters off the east coast of Tasmania. At Bundanon, he will draw new images of the Shoalhaven River and its surrounds