Mary Watson Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
My name is Mary Watson, I am a Ceramic Artist based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. I have been working with ceramics for the last 6 years, my practice encompassed both the functional and conceptual. Within my practice I am interested in the human form and its abstraction into the functional object. Alongside my own practice I also work as Ceramics Technician at The University of Sunderland.
Material learning, exploration, and education is extremely important to me as an artist, both the development of my own skill as a ceramic artist and the education of others. I enjoy working hands-on with clay and people, exploring material learning to creating objects that tell stories about the communities and identities surrounding there making. I love working with clay due to its versatility and broad possibilities. Clay is such an important material due to its archaeological importance; ceramic objects make up the histories of civilisations, share narratives of the lives and cultures of their creators. In recent years I have focused on developing my technical skill, working with clay to make functional objects. I now creating elegant wheel-thrown forms which are embellished using colour, texture, and pattern to imbue human characteristics and decorative design. I take inspiration from historic ceramics of diverse cultures; ancient southwest America; ancient Islamic world. I have also started to experiment with digital technologies, to create 3D printed ceramic objects which I then use as the base for my glaze research. I have been increasing the scale of my wheel-thrown work and plan to begin working with lesser-heard communities in participatory workshops. These workshops will influence my forms and surface designs. I want my work to speak of the vibrant culturally diverse society we live in; telling the stories of people living within our communities.