Sculpture in stoneware and porcelain. In creating my own combination of
fine art and sculpture, I use carefully developed blends of different
clays and porcelain to achieve my objective. Much of my inspiration comes from
elements of mythology and a keen sense of history. Combining these
factors, I incorporate in my work a sense of timelessness in an
imaginary parallel world. The fragmented representations of times past
can now exist in a contemporary state of flux, and the viewer can feel
at ease with his or her own interpretation of each piece.
Examples of my sculpture are in private collections in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the USA, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Ireland and throughout the United Kingdom.
An interesting article about Mary's work, originally printed in Keramiek Magazine, published by de Nederlandse Vakgroep Keramisten (NVK – the Dutch Potters Association) it's in Dutch but can easily be translated through Google if needed)
Work available from:
Queen's Road Gallery, Aberdeen.
Fenwick Gallery, Warkworth, Northumberland.
Spectrum Gallery, Machynlleth, Powys
ArtParade, Saltaire, West Yorkshire
Rosetta Stone Fine Art Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida (USA)
Dashwood Galleries, Calgary, Alberta (Canada)
My work is also normally available from our studio and I undertake commissions.
Private tuition is available for 1- 4 persons (beginners to intermediate) in ceramic sculpture, modelling, throwing on the wheel (with Bob Kershaw). Full details are available on our website. (GIFT Vouchers are available - Make Ideal and rather different Christmas or Birthday Presents!)
Please see our tuition page at www.rjamesstudio.co.uk/rjswp4.html
All firing is in oxidation, in a top-loading electric kiln. My sculptural pieces are fired to Cone 8, with glazing achieved using a variety of developed methods. As a professional courtesy we acknowledge the source of original recipes, but do not disclose modifications or additions to those recipes.
I have been working in clay since 1994, with the background of working as a professional portrait artist since 1980.
Have been providing private tuition since 1999.
Published Images etc.
Mary's work is featured in:
‘500 Figures in Clay – Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form’ – Lark Books (2004)
‘500 Animals in Clay – Contemporary Expressions of the Animal Form’ – Lark Books (2006)
Ceramics: Art and perception; No 76. (in depth illustrated profile)
August 2010: Profile article of Mary's work:(translated title: ‘The Parallel World of Mary Kershaw’) by Paul Kuyer and Guus Schipperheijn. The Dutch magazine ‘Keramiek’ (Issue 36/4)