Mary Johnson
ceramics

Festival: 2018

Mary Johnson makes decorative and functional slipware, based on traditional earthenware country pottery, with an unusual contemporary twist.
The work is wheel-thrown from red clay, often with added materials to give a varied texture. Sometimes torn, damaged or re-assembled to make vessels which are patched or piled in precarious stacks.
Decorated with painted, glazed and Sgraffitto images drawn directly onto the work with a knife or paintbrush. Ideas are taken from sketches of back gardens, waste spaces and allotments. These pots celebrate a love of the weeds and insects which share our space, whether welcome or not.