Mary Johnson Ceramics

made by hand, drawn from life

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 All of the pottery is made using red earthenware clay and traditional craft methods. Most of the work is thrown on the potters  wheel and decorate using coloured slips and glaze. Sometimes materials are added to vary the texture. It may then be torn or broken and reassembled to make contemporary vessels created or recycled from pieces.

The images, colours and textures are based on drawings made in the garden or allotment.

Using a love of traditional slip decorated and county pottery to comment on our contemporary relationship with the environment. Red clay represents a need to connect with the earth and our long history of  care,use and misuse. These pots create an honest picture of this relationship, both good and bad.
Standing up for earwigs and brussels sprouts, rusting wheelbarrows and decay, as integral parts of the landscape.

Without them life would be infinitely dull and sterile.

 

 

 

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I am teaching new adult leisure classes in ceramics. Pottery for beginners and improves, at Joseph Wright college in Derby. The class runs on Thursday evenings from 6.00 - 8.00 pm. Contact the college for enrolment if you want to join in. It is fun class with no assessments or pressure, just time to play with clay.

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