Mary Kaun English

Individual & Ethical Ceramics

Mary works from her studio in rural West Cornwall where she lives with with her partner Martyn Perryman a landscape oil painter and their two dogs. 

The subject of Mary's work concerns the appreciation of the natural world - and the respect it deserves

Artist Information

Mary was born and raised in Southern California, where her passion for the natural world and all things tactile began from an early age. Living in the then undeveloped San Rafael foothills, she explored the distinctive landscape, being ever conscience of the natural spirit and organic materials surrounding her.  

Originally studying Architecture in Los Angeles Mary obtained a BA (Hons) in the Practice and Theory in Fine Art and Design, from Wimbledon Art College while studying ceramics at the Putney Art School. 

The work - Pit Fired Ceramics

For Mary the ancient method of Pit Firing connects with the physicality of ceramics with the ephemerality of Life.

Thrown on a wheel and then altered the work is fired in a controlled reduction fire in an earthen pit. 

When fired in this way the work is exposed to smoke which creates an organic patenation reminiscent of the most dramatic Cornish landscape. 

Selected Group Exhibitions

Penlea Galleries, Penzance, Winter 2019

Delamore Arts, Devon, Spring 2019

25 Southside, Plymouth, Autumn 2018

Obsidian Arts, Summer 2018

Delamore Arts, Devon, Spring 2018

Albany Gallery, Cardiff, 2017-18

Joie Devivre, Surrey 2017-18

A2 Gallery, Somerset 2017-18

Cotehele Gallery, Saltash 2017

Yvonne Arnaud Art, Guildford, 2017

Delamore Arts, Devon, Spring 2017

AppArt, Surrey 2017

H.Forman & Son Gallery, 'The Sea, the sea', January 2017

Delamore Arts, Devon Spring 2016

VK gallery, Coastal Exhibition, Cambridge, May 2016

David Smith Contemporary Art, Coastal Elements, Summer 2015

Full List Available on request


March Heritage Crafts Trainer of the Year 2015

National Trust First Open Call 2015


BBC Cornwall, September 2014, 2017, 2018 & 2019

Coast Radio, August & November 2017

BBC Surrey 2014


St Ives Times & Echo, Sept 2019

Cornwall Today, Sept 2018

The Cornishman, Sept 2018

St Ives Times & Echo, Sept 2018

Cornwall Life, August 2018

St Ives Times & Echo, August 7th & 21st 2018

The Packet, August 2018

Times & Echo Hayle, Dec 2016 & Jan 2017

Ceramics Technical Magazine No 41, 2015

Coast Magazine, September 2015

The Cornishman, September 2015

St Ives Times & Echo, Sept 2015

Ceramic Review, Spring 2015

Cornwall Life, September 2014

Book Inclusion - Pit Firing: Ancient Techniques, Modern Methods

                             by Dawn Whitehead, Schiffer Publishing PA

Full list available on request.


Permanent Galleries

  • Art Space Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall - Permanent Member
  • Cornwall Craft Association - Permanent Member
  • Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall
  • Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall - Permanent Member
  • The Roundhouse Gallery, Sennen Cove, Cornwall