Mary Kaun English

Individual & Ethical Ceramics

Handmade in Cornwall

I live in rural Cornwall, UK with my partner Martyn Perryman, a landscape oil painter and our two dogs. I have been making, exhibiting and selling ceramics for the past 15 years.

My current work consists of Pit fired and Raku fired ceramics together with practical utilitarian glazed ware.

About me

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

After moving to the UK  I obtained a BA (Hons) in the Practice and Theory in Fine Art and Design, from Wimbledon Art College. I also studied Ceramics at the Putney Art School for 5 years. 

My work

My Pit fired pieces connect the physicality of ceramics with the ephemerality of nature. These sustainable open air firings occur at my studio in Cornwall, exposing the porous clay to the smoke given off by the burning organic materials put in the fire. The results are unique and evocative sculptures and vessels.

The Raku work is made by the exciting and spontaneous process which gives it its name.

My Pit fired and Raku work is water repellent but not water retentive. The work can be kept in perfect condition by the application of clear beeswax.  

I also sell a selection of thrown utilitarian glazed ware.  Each piece is different, with a personality all of it's own. No mass production pieces here!  All my glazed utilitarian work is dishwasher safe. 

It is an integral part of my practice that I use only locally sourced clay and materials.


  • Art Space Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall - Permanent Member
  • Cornwall Craft Association - Permanent Member
  • Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall - Permanent Member