Lynnley Watson was born in Matatiele, Transkei ,in Southern Africa and she considers herself a sculptor and a vessel maker. She obtained her National Art Teacher’s Diploma majoring in Fine Arts painting and graphics in 1973, and in 1998 she was awarded a National diploma in Ceramic Design (cum laude) Port Elizabeth Technikon ( Now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
Watson has received numerous awards for her work the most recent being the ARTEC Annual Exhibition: Premier Award, Port Elizabeth in 2012. She has featured nationally and internationally in selected publications. Her outreach work has extended to the Keiskamma Art Project , South Africa where she has presented four workshops over the years.
Her work is represented in galleries nationally (William Humphreys Art Gallery , Kimberley; Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum , Port Elizabeth.) and in collections internationally.