Ceramics
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Mary makes wheel thrown, slip decorated, earthenware pottery from her studio.
Ceramics have their roots in traditional country pottery. She enjoys the
rounded feel rich colour of Devon jugs and Staffordshire slipware.

She lives in a modern urban environment where her relationship with the
earth can feel distant at times. Her pots reflect this complicated situation. Mary
the applies decoration and images, based on her drawings and paintings of the
cluttered back gardens and allotments of the city.

The work is made from red earthenware clay and uses a mixture of traditional slip decoration, scraffito or trailing, spriggs and mono-printing, ceramic pencil and
under glaze washes. She uses these techniques in combination where they are appropriate for the image.

Mary glazes the work with a honey coloured or clear glaze which is fired
to 1080ºC to give a warm, smooth and traditional feel.