Mary Johnson makes ceramic vessels based on the tradition and new interpretations of slip decorated earthenware, using traditional techniques applied in contemporary and unusual ways.
She has developed two ranges of work - tall, decorative and striking vessels filled with symbolic texture; a range of functional fun pieces which can be used in the home.
Plants, insects and tools are drawn directly onto the work from sketches made in the garden and allotments.
The work is thrown on a wheel from red clay with added materials to give a varied texture and feel. It is then torn or broken and reassembled to make vessels which are decorative and symbolic.
image: Thistle Plate