Leo Rohlin was born in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1930. He studied ceramics at the Estonian State Art Institute, graduating in 1965. For 37 years, he was a senior lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts and head of the department of ceramics between 1974 and 1984 and again from 2000 to 2005. Rohlin’s ceramic mandalas are incredibly time intensive in their creation, often formed from thousands of smaller ceramic elements, each of which is made by hand, bisque fired, glazed using a pipette, and then sprinkled with a powdered cobalt oxide. These “spangles” are later glued onto screw-heads and attached to wooden boards.