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Mary in the wilderness

About Mary’s work: “My current work is created with B-mix 5 clay or porcelain from Laguna Clay. I use non-toxic clear, black, and white glaze, black underglaze, and some gold luster for accent. I kiln fire the clay to cone 5 (2250 fahrenheit). If gold work is added, I apply gold and refire the objects to cone 18, to melt the gold onto the surface. I fire all of my work in an electric kiln or propane kiln. My focus work practice switched from the pottery wheel to handbuilding exclusively. Inspired by the English ceramist, Mary Rogers’ book On Pottery and Porcelain, a handbuilder’s approach. I enjoy the challenge of using minimal tools and my fingers to create shapes and forms. Once the forms harden from their greenware, soft state to a bone dry state I smooth and decorate my work with black underglaze. Once completed, all work then must be glazed and kiln fired. I make traditional functional vessels: cups, vases, planters, pipes and small functional sculptures; women, cats, and animals. I create small scaled objects for their intimacy, office cubicles, and small dwellings.”

Mary in the wilderness is a Queer femme maker of small sacred ceramic vessels, whimsical totems, and illustrations meant to lift the spirit and expand the imagination. Mary works predominantly in black and white to simultaneously simplify and magnify connectivity with my objects and drawings. Mary Tawfall (1975, Bangkok) is a self-taught illustrator and trained ceramicist. Exploring the images of women, men, animals, and geometric line work. Mary’s art is distinctive humorous, creative, whimsical, and her skills in portraying beauty in simple forms and imagery.

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