Mary
Watson








Mareware     Ceramics



Drawing Games 


Through a series of drawing workshops with family, friends, and colleagues we  explore the question: what objects from our lives do we value and why? Influenced by archaeological ceramics, drawing games and social histories I have created several ceramic and glass sculptures. These sculptures act as an alternative portraiture, not depicting images of people, but instead helping us consider ourselves through the objects, patterns, and shapes that we surround ourselves with, entwined and abstracted in our memories.



                     

  

RUTH (JUNIOR’S) RUCKSACK



“It seems to come everywhere with me, even when you wouldn’t really need to bring a rucksack. I’ll pop out for a short walk and have my rucksack. I’ll go to the shop to get one item and I’ll have my rucksack.”



Ruth Watson, 28, Reading.



                                          

JACOB’S SHIELD

“ I chose to draw a gum shield because I feel it is a great representation of rugby and the joy I feel when playing. I chose to draw this one because it's an item that I've had and replaced many times in the fifteen years that I have played rugby. The gum shield I used as reference is the brand that I have used most consistently and have felt the most comfortable using. For me no alternative has beaten it.”


Jacob MacCormak, 24, Highlands.








RUTH’S JUG




“The little silver jug you’re looking at, I’m very fond of it. My husband and I, John, bought it for his parent’s silver wedding. Which must be a long time ago now, I can’t remember the year, and I’ve liked it ever since”



Ruth Watson, 94, Cumbria



ANTHONY’S POT 


“The name of the pot I drew is Sankofa. It reminds me of the first pot I made when I went to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. In my first year we were taught modelling processes in clay, and using pinching methods I made this pot. I was pleased with the finishing I gave to it and have kept it for a long time. The pot became a stepping stone in my ceramics career.”



Anthony, 32, Sunderland


                                

                  

ED’S HAT


“This is not a sound I grew up with, its one that found me, and it found me through a hat! ... With each piece of informational discovery, this hat was becoming a part of me, Millwall was taking over, and I was loving it!



Ed Moody, 32, Glasgow

               
                  

SUZIE’S KEYS 


“My house keys represent somewhere safe and homely for me and my husband to live in. My car keys enable me to travel to work, the supermarket and now that COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, go and visit friends and family that I haven’t seen for ages... the last thing on my key ring is the fob from the 2012 Olymics which is a nice reminder of that Olympic summer.”


Suzie Williams, Sunderland

         

                           
 

KAREN’S CRYSTAL




For me, bringing that dish out of my cupboard and filling it with homemade strawberry or raspberry jam and presenting it on the table with afternoon tea... just takes me back and brings me great pleasure.



Karen, 61, Essex

All Participant Drawings




Antonious 

Harry

Juliette

Rose

Nat

Lisa

Alice

Christine

Adam

Amy

Xani

Functional Archive






Sculptural Archive








Workshops






















About





Artist Statement       


B. 1993
MA Glass and Ceramics, University of Sunderland, 2020
BA Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, 2015
Ceramics Technician, University of Sunderland

I am a ceramicist, mixed media artist, emerging researcher, and educator, my practice encompasses material learning, exploration, and teaching. I work across three different areas as a professional artist. I produce and market functional ceramics through fairs, retail, and commission under the name Mareware, much of which stylises the human form. My sculptural work consists of objects, installations, and engagement, which tell the stories of local populations' communities, identities, and values. As a Ceramics Technician at the University of Sunderland, I have taken opportunities to participate in research projects. I also work in education and well-being. All of which now form a part of my own practice.

 
 Contact details       

maryjswatson@gmail.com
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Exhibitions
       
40 Years, National Glass Centre, Oct 22- March 23
Palace Edit, Redcar Palace, July - Oct 2020
SHOWCASE, National Glass Centre, 24 Sept - 3 Oct
Material Matters, Sunny Bank Mills Gallery, 12 June - 1 Aug 2021
New Work by Mary Watson and Robert Winter, National Glass Centre, Sept 2020- March 2021
Gifted, National Glass Centre, Nov 2019 - Jan 2020
Make Space at Womans Craft Prize, Bristol Museum and Galleries, Aug 2018
Rising Arts, Spike Island Studio Open, April 2017

Bzzarr Bristol, Dec 2017
Hidden Doors Festival, Edinburgh, June 2017Flop Culture, Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh, June 2016The Skinny Showcase, Edinburgh Art Festival, Aug 2015

Residencies       
Studio Residency, Rising Art Agency, 2017
Graduate Residency, Cyan Clayworks, 2015
New Potters, Alston Pottery, 2015