In the early ’80s Leny (’51) — after an education in handicraft — started working with clay. At first she was self-taught; later she took a number of courses with famous ceramists. From 1990 onwards, after a number of years of experimenting and developing her techniques, her ceramic objects were shown to a larger public. Her work can be seen on exhibitions and are for sale. She also works on commission. Themes like life, nature and the environment are sources of inspiration. Occasionally she zeroes in on deeply moving events such as disasters and wars. Serious subjects may sometimes be represented with a wink as well. ‘Working with clay knows no boundaries, it will always inspire me and incite further development!’
Around 2002 Leny founded a design group ceramics together with her brother Henk Groothuis: Cerámica en ®evolución. The group stopped late 2010.