Melissa LeBlanc has found what many of us aspire to have – an ideal balance.
Two days of every week, she has her hands in the mud, conjuring expressive animal characters from blocks of inert clay.
Three days of the week, she teaches in the Diploma in Ceramics at NBCCD, pulling the best and most sculptural work from her students, while learning so much about clay from their experimentations.
Weekends she spends with her family: her partner, chickens, cat, and dog. They explore and collect ideas that always find their way back to her work.
She is exhibited regularly and in 2013 received a Creation Grant from artsnb. Her clay sculptures are carried by Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery in London, Ontario, Buckland Merrifield Gallery in Saint John, and Gallery on Queen in Fredericton. She is happy with this level of representation and the production it requires. “That has really filled up the requirements for making and selling,” she says. “I can’t make any more without changing completely the way that I work.”
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