In a career spanning five decades, Les Blakebrough has become one of Australia’s most acclaimed and influential ceramic artists.

Ranging from earthy functional wares to more recent, delicate forms, his work has captured the attention of major galleries around the world as well as private collectors. The Australian Design Centre believes Les has made an extraordinary contribution to visual art, craft and design in Australia as a practitioner, teacher, mentor and visionary advocate, and his passionate research and development of the techniques and materials of ceramics will continue to lead him and others on journeys of discovery.

Image: Surf's Up I, 2014. Courtesy of the artist