Artist Information

Mary believes that beautiful handmade object feed the soul. Creating these objects, while respecting her environment was a conscience decision for Mary.

Working with purely locally sourced clay, for over 20 years, Mary continues the development of her creativity using the ancient method of smoke firing & pit firing ceramics - every piece created is entirely unique. 

Mary delights in the creative making process and splits her time between running her bespoke ceramic drop-in workshops and her own personal studio time in her gorgeous garden studio located on the North Cornwall Coast – where the landscape continues to be an inspiration.

As a graduate of the Wimbledon Art College (London), obtaining a BA (Hons) in the ‘Practice and Theory in Fine Art and Design’, and training in ceramics at The Putney School of Art and Design (London) for 5 years, Mary’s work can be found in the most distinguished offices and homes throughout the world.

The work - Smoke Fired Ceramics

Mary prefers alternative firing techniques to traditional glazed ceramics.

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

Using both a potter’s wheel and hand-building sculptural techniques the work is fired in a controlled reduction fire in an earthen pit. This is done either at her studio or on a Cornish beach.

When fired in this way the work is exposed to the various smoke colours of the burning organic materials, creating an organic patination – never to be replicated.  The pieces can be fired a number of times until Mary is confident of the appearance.

Mary has spent the last 20 years refining and developing this process.

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


Awards

March Heritage Crafts Trainer of the Year 2015
National Trust First Open Call 2015


Radio

BBC Cornwall, September 2014, 2017, 2018 & 2019
Coast Radio, August & November 2017
BBC Surrey 2014


Publications

My Cornwall - August - September 2022
Drift Art Review - The Collection Companion of Cornwall Art 2022
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 & Affiliations

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

Crafts Council - Funded by Arts Council England