Pit Fired Ceramic
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MARY KAUN ENGLISH
After studying Architecture in Los Angeles, Mary moved to England from the USA, and received a BA (Hons) in the Practice and Theory in Fine Art and Design, from Wimbledon College of Art – UAL alongside studying ceramics at Putney Art College.
Mary’s relationship with the natural world is mirrored in her experimental ceramic firing practice. Using this sustainable and traditional method, which is unpredictable and refuses to be controlled, Mary connects with nature.
The second firing of her ceramics occurs in an open air pit-firing at her studio in West Cornwall or, more frequently, on the nearby beach, exposing the porous clay to the smoke given off by the organic materials used in the fire. The results are organic ceramic sculptures painted by nature.
‘I have been inspired by nature for as long as I can remember: I revere the strength and beauty it presents. My intention when creating my work is to capture these beautiful and powerful natural attributes in my organic ceramic art sculptures.’
Mary is a celebrated artist who exhibits widely in the UK.