For 30+ years working as a professional artist Eastern New York and Vermont, Leslie has focused on organic sculptures and functional work that is informed by her lifelong interest in architecture, botany and Art History.
Since 1987, she has also taught ceramics at liberal arts colleges in New York (Skidmore) and Vermont (University of Vermont and Johnson State College), graduate students from the College of ST Rose and Skidmore, and workshops at established art centers and private schools. Known as a lively teacher, Leslie stretches her students to think ?within and outside the bowl? and to grow with their work in unique ways and unexpected directions.
Born in Atlanta, Leslie studied ceramics at Boston University (MFA cum laude), Art History at Skidmore College (BA) and Syracuse University in Italy and Amsterdam. For artist residencies, she traveled to Montana (Archie Bray Foundation), Georgia (Ossabaw Island Foundation), and Maine (Watershed Center) where she was a founding Board Member.
Leslie has exhibited from coast to coast. Her work is in over 100 public and private collections nationally and internationally and has been included in numerous national publications. She has received grants for specific projects from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Rensselaer County Council on the Arts, The Empire State Crafts Alliance, the Vermont Council on the Arts, and several Skidmore College Faculty Development Grants.