I have a confession to make- while arriving at Medalta and preparing for the journey, I had heard mention that I would be, most likely, running into a renowned artist- I did not know,at first, who Les Manning was and what his work involved. I do recognize his landscape series as art I have seen before, but I never put the person to the art. So I am trying to correct this mistake, I have not been knowledgeable enough in regards to ceramic artists and “masters”. So as I continue this blog, I will look for artists that deserve to be recognized and those that fascinate me in the field.
I have met Mr. Manning on many occasions so far, always with a quiet conversation on ceramics, life and fads in the everyday. I see a quiet soul whose works speaks volumes- sculptural work related to the environment. I will seek out more conversations with Mr. Manning, and hopefully get a critique from him before long. I believe it is now my duty to seek out conversations and information from such ceramic artists, to better my own voice, while speaking of the arts, and gain knowledge through understanding of the statements and techniques derived from their work. Can’t wait to sit down and chat openly about ceramics with him, and others.
Below are a few sites, and one video, to catch up on who Les Manning is, and what he creates . Enjoy!