Self-taught ceramist Mary Fox began creating pottery when she was just 13. Her works are now known internationally for their beautiful form, exquisite balance, and timeless elegance. Recently, Fox showed her work at the Ceramic and Colour Awards in Faenza, Italy, and her pottery has been published in Ceramic Review and Pottery Making Illustrated.
“I create all the time. When I started my creative career, I thought I would be a functional potter and had no idea that I was an artist. Now, forty years later, I find my mind is inundated with new ideas and projects. I work at my art constantly – some might say obsessively! But that single-minded focus has led me to where I am today – a successful mid-career artist with endless creative pathways I still want to explore.”
Mary’s latest work has taken an exciting, surprising direction. Working with glass blowers Lisa Samphire and Jay Macdonell, she is reinterpreting her forms in glass. In this new medium she is developing a series based on the planet – the Oceanic Series, Flower Series, and Nebula Series all explore life on earth, with luminous glass forms rising magically upward from rock bases. Original, evocative, and beautiful.
I create endlessly. When I started my creative career, I thought I would be a functional potter and had no idea that I was an artist. Now, forty years later, I find myself flooded with new ideas and projects. I work at my art constantly, some might say obsessively, but that single-minded focus has led me to where I am today–a successful mid-career artist with a constant stream of ideas and pathways I wish to explore.
I still produce a full line of functional wares that I sell through my Gallery/Studio in Ladysmith. People often ask why I continue to make tableware when I could devote my time to one-off pieces. The answer is simple: I enjoy and need both types of creativity. With decorative work, the forms and glazes are challenging. Opening the kiln is either like hearing the Hallelujah Chorus or experiencing Armageddon! I work on decorative vessels until the highs and lows of that process start to get to me. Then I switch to functional wares. To me, the repetitive work is calming and restorative. When working on vessels created to adorn our tables, I derive pleasure from knowing that, through the subtle intimacy that grows from their daily use, these pieces will become treasures in people’s lives.
Creating vessels for contemplation and daily use, enriching and inspiring our lives–this is my vocation.