Leslie Shirah is a professional artist and educator living in Columbus, Georgia. She received her BFA in ceramics and sculpture from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia and her MFA in sculpture from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Resourcing local natural materials, papermaking, and the connection to personal memories influence the direction of her work. Leslie has exhibited her work nationally and is a contributing artist to the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University’s permanent collection. She has lead workshops in papermaking, felting, ceramics, and mold-making nationally and presented at the Sculpture Consortium of North Carolina hosted at East Carolina University in 2009. Leslie is currently teaching art at Brookstone School.