Leila always shared a deep bond with animals and nature and possessed a natural talent for expressing it through art. She was largely self-taught. Already an accomplished artist, introduced to clay by her daughter, she showed remarkable facility with it, and was encouraged to pursue it by Deborah Smith and Ray Meeker of Golden Bridge Pottery.
For ten years Leila lived in the Massachusetts backwoods, focusing on creating birds and animals in clay. She started Leila’s Artworks, exhibiting in fifty stores and galleries across the United States.
In 2000, she was honored as Artist of the Month by the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen for her larger-scale sculptures. She passed away in December 2014, leaving behind a large collection of her ceramic art.
Leila Bose Powar was born in Nagpur, India in 1936. She studied in Putney School, Vermont, USA, Miranda House, New Delhi, India and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. She married Group Capt. S.R. Powar (IAF) in 1959 and raised three children on a farm on the outskirts of Bangalore, India.