Mary Johnson Ceramics

made by hand, drawn from life

Open Studio

It is that time of year again. Open studio forces me to clean up my mess. It is fun to do and I get to eat all of the left over mince pies. What s not to like?

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New courses

From September I am teaching new course at Joseph Wrights College in  Derby. I am running a beginners pottery class on a Tuesday evening  and an advancers pottery course on a Thursday evening. For more information and enrolment details  you can look at the face book page or contact the college.

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Garden Visits

This has been a very chaotic Summer. I’m sure all Summers feel the same when routines are suspended and work is interrupted. Between childcare and family events I have had very little time to get on with work. So it is a good time to fill in with other things. I have started a project […]

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making frogs

I often make pots with frog decorations on them. The design comes from drawings I have made sitting by the pond in the spring. I love the way that frogs float with their arms and legs outstretched, suspended in the weeds. I impress circles with the end of a wooden spoon to mark on frog […]

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Sunshine

   Finally the sun is shining into the windows of my very dingy cave of a studio. It is warm enough to work without a coat on!! I love the summer here because it is cool and bright, but the winter is so oppressive. The clay doesn’t dry and my fingers freeze. I am finding […]

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political pottery

Pottery is often used to express political positions. As a slogan on a mug, or in a more subtle use of material and decorative form to express social allegiance. Porcelain for example,has been associated with upper class power and money. It is expensive to produce and requires high firing methods. The material secrets where closely […]

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Ursula VonRydingsvard

  This week I visited a fantasticly tactile exhibition at Yorkshire sculpture park of sculpture made by Ursula Von Rydingsvard. There were monumental vessels and columns made from deeply carved cedar wood  and huge canvases of sewn together cow intestines and banana paper, all marked and scored with graphite and a circular saw.    

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Rust

    Yesterday I had a conversation with a gallery about the colour of work.

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News

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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