Nicholas Lees’ sculpture is in galleries all over the world, from Italy, New York City, Germany, New Zealand and now Petersfield Museum and Art Gallery, Hampshire.

On a studio visit to Selbourne, Nicholas Lees tells Noni Needs about his 30 year career working as a contemporary artist in ceramics.

Lees’ practice for the last 10 years has explored the properties, virtues and difficulties of producing bodies of work in porcelain.

Primarily carving into thrown porcelain forms with a lathe and using magical colour at the edges of his sculpture.

His new body of work, Flux work involves making two finely crafted objects of porcelain look like one has melted into the other, and at the point of contact being frozen in time and space.

The exhibition also includes rarely displayed ink drawings that Lees produces in parallel to his ceramic work that reflect the same process and themes.

Nicholas lees: Abstract Vessels opens on September 19, Petersfield Museum and Art Gallery running to November 18.
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Nicholas Lees, Framed Triptych,2019, Parian porcelain and painted fibreboard. Photo The Artist
Nicholas Lees, Red Blue Orbit, 2023, Parian porcelain, soluble cobalt and gold. Photo (c)The Artist
Nicholas Lees in studio. Photo © Russell Sach