Ceramics Demonstration

Apr 23, 2015 by

Ceramics Demonstration

Master Potter, Mary Anderson Gives a FREE Demonstration on Sunday, May 3 at Petroglyphe Gallery from 1-4 pm

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Mary Anderson in action as she demonstrates the techniques that make her sculptural pottery so unique. Mary’s work is on display as part of the Fossil & Form exhibit which runs until May 31 at the gallery.  It is coupled with the unique fossil-art jewelry of Edward Lawrence, whose designs are created from rare artifacts with interesting fabrications. Complimentary wine and cheese will be served during this event.

Mary Anderson sees her ceramic work as a meditation on the forms of nature. Her fascination is with the vessel, besides being useful and functional, is a platform for sculptural elements. Plant forms, the geometry and rhythm of leaves or seeds are interpreted as vases, pouring vessels and bowls. Leaping fish, the fluid body of an octopus, and twisting lizards transform the pot, becoming its shaped neck or reaching handles.

She works in high-fire stoneware and porcelain. The pots are mostly wheel thrown, both for strength and for classical reference to traditional pottery. They are fired in live flame, either in a gas kiln in her studio, or at Northern Arizona University in various wood firing kilns. She seeks the resplendent greens of Japanese oribe or Chinese celadon glazes, which enhance her sea and plant work. The lizards and snakes are saved for wood firing, developing flashing and ash effects.

Mary has pursued study at Cal State Los Angeles, Columbia College, and Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, as well as at numerous workshops in Northern California.

For more information call 209-286-1387 or visit www.gallerypetroglyphe.com.  No need to sign up for the demonstration. Petroglyphe Gallery is located at 8317 Main Street in Mokelumne Hill.


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