Lee-Anne Peters was born in Tasmania, in May 1976 as Lee-Anne Willson. She is happily married to Cory and has two adult children from her first marriage - they all live happily in Tasmania, Australia.
Lee-Anne is the founder of Temple of Balance, and has been working with people from all over the world through her online business since 2005. Art has been a huge part of her Temple of Balance work - especially drawing. Lee-Anne has created four decks of tarot-style cards featuring her artwork and creates drawings to help others through an art-therapy type of approach. You can browse her Temple of Balance work on this link: www.TempleofBalance.com.au
Lee-Anne fell in love with ceramics in about 1989 when she made a terracotta vase in high school. She declared then, at around the age of 13, that when she retires she wants to take up pottery.
It seems she couldn't wait that long!
Then, in 2014, around the age of 38, under the tuition of local Tasmanian potter Jude Maisch, Lee-Anne explored pottery again as a hobby. She studied with Jude for twelve months and then felt ready to create more seriously from home. Lee-Anne invested in a small Tetlow electric kiln and spent almost five years working with earthenware clay, and seeing what her imagination could create.
During those five years Lee-Anne's work went from strength to strength as she explored the clay material and glaze effects.
Then, in March 2019, when Lee-Anne was 42, her workshop burned down with her kilns, glazes, tools and creations perishing.
During this devastating time Lee-Anne questioned how ceramics would fit into her future - would it fit at all? She tossed around options, and then settled on the idea that if she couldn't live without ceramics (which she thus decided) - then it was time for her to start producing more seriously.
It was this turn of events, which stopped Lee-Anne's small-scale earthenware hobby producing, and morphed it into something new!
In April 2019 Lee-Anne spent a week with visiting world-renowned potter Sergei Isupov to learn porcelain hand-building and decorating techniques. This sealed the deal for Lee-Anne, who decided she wanted to work with high-fire ware (like porcelain and stoneware) and invest in a larger kiln which can high-fire. She was inspired.
Lee-Anne began a rebuilding dedication - to save funds, and pursue the step by step building of her new workshop space.
This website is a result of this rebuild.
Lee-Anne spent the almost 9 months of rebuilding time becoming familiar with porcelain and building many pieces for testing once her kiln was hooked up to electricity.
Then on the 5th of January 2020 - a whisker over 300 days since the fire - this website was launched and her first 129 creations released.
During the year of 2020 Lee-Anne danced back and forth with her creations. Focusing on birds of prey and working out how to sculpt tree forms mainly. In the latter part of 2020 Lee-Anne has veered away from porcelain - for sculpting at least. The reason being that it is a fickle, expensive and unpredictable clay. Pieces warp, shrink a lot, flop, crack and the building time can be frustrating.
Lee-Anne has made a few spectacular porcelain sculptures. The one she is most proud of is the peregrine falcon with wings outstretched.
In September 2020, Lee-Anne won her second ceramics award from the Tasmanian Ceramics Association - John Watson Award for Humour in Clay for her work called 'I found my new home'.
Lee-Anne's ceramics are influenced by her interest in nature, animals, human emotions, characters, the elderly and spirituality. Lee-Anne is interested in texture, colour and stretching her imagination.
Keep an eye on Lee-Anne's latest news with her regular blogs here.