Lee Brotherton

 

 

 

Lee Brotherton was born in the midwest, as the only child of a very mobile family.  Art soon became her constant companion.   Lee’s early interest in art and the encouragement of her high school art teacher led her to study Fine Arts in college.  A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Ceramics ) was followed by a degree in Art Education. 

 

The fine arts career of Lee included serving as an elementary art teacher, art museum work, art gallery manager and sales consultant.  During this time, she constantly dreamt of being a full-time artist.  In her free time she continued to work in the arts, especially with clay.

 

The southwest had called to Lee and became her home.  In 1995, she met Bill Freeman, a painter and sculptor living in Scottsdale, AZ and Jackson Hole, WY.  Bill shared with Lee his interest and knowledge of the pottery of the ancient and turn-of-century Native American Indians.  She soon caught the “pottery fever”.  Lee learned how to restore ancient pottery and to make replicas or “re-creations” of this beautiful pottery.  

 

Within a few years of working and selling her pottery re-creations, Lee began experimenting with embedding fossils into her clay medium.  Inspired by the fossils and other natural artifacts, Lee created her own designs to compliment the found treasure.  One simple ammonite wall sculpture then led to the creation of a grouping of pieces that related to one another. Vessels, bowls and other shapes are often shaped by finding a special piece of driftwood, shell or plant life.

 

Lee’s sculpture may be seen in galleries, special events and in her artist’s studio in Cave Creek, AZ.  Collectors of her work  include private individuals, companies and museums throughout the world.  

  

Commissions are welcomed and encouraged.