Earth Spirits, 1992 (C149)
Leigh Smith, Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan.
The co-founder of Talking Earth Pottery at Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Leigh Smith is recognized internationally for gracefully composed masterworks in the round. Her first exposure to pottery was in the early 1970's through her husband, Steve, and his parents, Elda and Oliver Smith.
Notable commissions include the former Prime Minister of England, Margaret thatcher; Princess Margret of the Netherlands; Nelson Mandela; and Canadian hockey player/coach Wayne Gretzky.
Leigh was the recipient of the Iroquois Museum's Excellence in Iroquois Arts Award in 2007. She produces a modest number of these delicately incised pieces each year. Consequently, her work rarely remains in our shop for long.