Born in Carlisle where he first went to art school, he trained at the Central School of Art and Design (1965-70) and the Royal College (1986-8). He now lives and works in Brighton but teaches and assesses at art schools throughout Britain. His influences range from Pre Colombian pottery to Staffordshire earthenware, Disney cartoons and the work of Surrealists. His ceramic sculptures are bold and colourful often with a heavy element of irony in relation to the forms and the glazes which evoke suggestions of tacky souvenirs or popular traditional ceramics such as Toby jugs. His work would undoubtedly be classed as post modern. His sculptures start from a drawing from which he plans cut-out shapes in white earthenware which are then assembled into the form. The colourful glazes are sprayed on. Slee has exhibited widely in Britain and abroad and in 2001 won the Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts – Ceramics.