Esther Ley graduated with an Honours Degree in Ceramics from Swansea Art college in 1998, then worked for over 10 years teaching ceramics and pottery to vulnerable adults.

She still works in the homelessness sector where her “day job” is Arts- Coordinator for Crisis Skylight South Wales. Esther has always loved ceramics and pottery and enjoys passing on the skills and excitement of making to others.

During her time studying, she learned a great deal about different firing methods. Raku has always been one of her favourites, allowing people to see the glazing and firing process as a whole. Esther is fascinated by science and the magical transformations that take place through the building, decorating and firing of the clay.

Esther has been involved in many community projects, most recently an arts, heritage and chemistry project funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Working alongside Swansea University and involving participants from various groups making over 200 small ‘crucibles’. She also developed a project called ‘Flotilla’ with Parc Howard Museum in Llanelli, marking the centenary of the end of the 1st World War.

Esther’s personal work is based on the natural world and often tells a story; she is very interested in how everyday pottery objects find their way into people’s homes. She considers herself a craftsperson and artist. Esther’s work has been exhibited in Mission Gallery SwanseaTides Fine Art MumblesOriel ScienceVolcano TheatreNational Waterfront Museum and Pontardawe Arts Centre.

Selected Works by Esther Ley