Haliburton School of The ArtsLes Manning, the former Director of Ceramics at the Banff Centre for the Arts, presently works out of the Medalta International Artist in Residence (AIR) studio at the Medicine Hat Clay Products National Historic District in Alberta. A ceramic artist for more than thirty five years, his work focuses on the interpretation of the Canadian Rocky Mountain landscape where he lived for 25 years. His wheel thrown and altered forms capture the abstract qualities of this sculptural environment. These works have been seen in recent exhibitions in Korea, China, New Zealand, Australia, Egypt, United States, Germany, Holland and Switzerland. Les continues to stay active as the Senior Artist in Residence of the AIR program in Medicine Halt and in the international ceramic community through exhibiting, teaching, lecturing and doing volunteer development work as a former Vice President of the International Academy of Ceramics.