Mattie Leeds has been making pottery full time for 42 years. He studied classical Chinese painting with Y.C. Chaing, a master of Chinese arts, he studied pottery with Michael Frimkiss, a renowned potter and student of Peter Voulkos.

Since 1980 Mattie has studied the figure. Creating portraits that tell each models unique story. His historical depictions of Santa Cruz colorful characters have been a rich part of the cities galleries and museums. Using bright colors to cover his large scale ceramics. Though he has ventured far from his classical education, he still uses his Chinese brush.

Mattie is now creating ceramic sculpture using techniques developed from earlier works. His latest pieces explore: the past, the future, space, and monsters.