Mary
Watson








Mareware     Ceramics



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

Material learning, exploration and education is 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 create objects that tell stories about the communities and identities surrounding their making.
I love working with clay due to its versatility and broad possibilities. Clay is such an interesting material due to its archaeological importance. Ceramic objects make up the histories of civilisations, they share narratives surounding the lives and cultures of their creators.

I take inspiration from historic ceramics of diverse cultures such as the ancient southwest americas and the Islamic world. My interest in ancient ceramics have been heightened due to recent involvement in a research project with Durham University Archaeology department, researching ‘Combed Ware’ jars from the Early Bronze Age Levant region, this research is helping us to understand the beginnings of industry in the region and the peoples way of life at the time.

In recent years I have focused on developing my technical skill, working with clay to make sculptural installations and functional objects. I just completed an MA in Glass and Ceramics at the University of Sunderland, where I also work as ceramics technician. Over the course of my MA I made a series of sculptures that I hope act as abstract portraits; speaking of the  culture and values of the people that have influenced them.
 
 Contact details       

maryjswatson@gmail.com
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Exhibitions       
Changing Spaces, Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester, 8 - 10 Oct 2021
SHOWCASE, MA Glass and Ceramics, 24 Sept - 3 OctNational Glass Centre, 
Material Matters, group show, 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 2017
Flop Culture, Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh, June 2016
The Skinny Showcase, Edinburgh Art Festival, Aug 2015

Residencies       

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