Leslie Thompson lives in Ojai, California, where she designed and built her own kiln. She uses high-fired porcelain, coating it with black slip (a thin clay medium that creates surface color), and then carves through the black to reveal the white surface. Her geometric images are inspired by the repeating patterns of M.C. Escher as well as by Native American weaving and basketry patterns, and American quilting traditions. Leslie minored in art at the University of Chicago and received a diploma in Ceramic Design from Caulfield Institute in Melbourne, Australia.