Artist : Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson makes slip decorated earthenware ceramics at her studio in Derby using traditional craft skills applied in contemporary and unusual ways.

Mary has been working as a ceramic artist since completing a degree in Craft, 2009, making functional slip decorated earthenware. In 2012 she returned to Loughborough University to study an MA in ceramics in order to develop and expand her practice as an artist.

Whilst Mary continues to make a range of decorative functional slipware, she is also currently making earthenware vessels with a more contemporary and unusual twist.

This is argumentative slipware, exploring the idea that our current relationships to the land are far from the rural idyll often associated with country pottery. It is seeking to incorporate the reality of modern life into the fantasy of the good old days.

Mary's work is wheel-thrown from red clay, often with added materials to give a varied texture. It is then torn, damaged and re-assembled to make vessels which are patched together or piled in precarious stacks.

The pots are 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. It is a very urban landscape where nature, people, history and modernity compete for space. Both ugly and beautiful.

 

These pots celebrate weeds, decayed roofing felt, insects, and rusted wheelbarrows as integral partners. Without them life would be infinitely dull and sterile.

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  • MaryJohnson,Small jugs,Gallery43, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
    Small jugs
    £39.00
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    Small jugs
    £39.00

    Small earthenware jugs with feather design by ceramist Mary Johnson.

    Decorated using traditional slipware decorating techniques this earthenware bowl has been handthrown on a wheel made using red clay. All pieces are individually made by Mary and as such each may vary slightly in size, colour and glazing. This is an attribute of handmade ceramics making each piece utterly unique.


  • MaryJohnson,Frog Bowl,Gallery43, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
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    Frog Bowl
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    This earthenware bowl with frog design is by ceramist Mary Johnson.

    Decorated using traditional slipware decorating techniques this earthenware bowl has been handthrown on a wheel made using red clay.

    Also available as a 22cm diameter bowl at £68


  • MaryJohnson,Bowl with insect design,Gallery43, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
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    Bowl with insect design
    £115.00

    This earthenware bowl with an insect design is by ceramicist Mary Johnson.

    Celebrating wildlife as found in gardens, allotments and other odd corners this traditional slipware decorated bowl has been hand thrown on a wheel using red clay.


  • MaryJohnson,Small Bowl pea-pod design,Gallery43, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
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    Small Bowl pea-pod design
    £42.00

    This earthenware bowl with pea-pod design is by ceramist Mary Johnson.
    Decorated using traditional slipware decorating techniques this earthenware bowl has been handthrown on a wheel made using red clay. All pieces are individually made by Mary and as such each may vary slightly in size, colour and glazing. This is an attribute of handmade ceramics making each piece utterly unique.

  • MaryJohnson,Small jug pea-pod design,Gallery43, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
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    Small jug pea-pod design
    £39.00

    Small earthenware jugs with pea-pod design by ceramist Mary Johnson.

    Decorated using traditional slipware decorating techniques this earthenware bowl has been handthrown on a wheel made using red clay. All pieces are individually made by Mary and as such each may vary slightly in size, colour and glazing. This is an attribute of handmade ceramics making each piece utterly unique.



  • MaryJohnson,Tall hedgerow design Vase,Gallery43, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
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    Tall hedgerow design Vase
    £180.00

    This tall vase with hedgerow design is by ceramist Mary Johnson.

    Decorated using traditional slipware decorating techniques this earthenware bowl has been handthrown on a wheel made using red clay. All pieces are individually made by Mary and as such each may vary slightly in size, colour and glazing. This is an attribute of handmade ceramics making each piece utterly unique.



  • MaryJohnson,Small Storage Jars,Gallery43, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
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    Small Storage Jars
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    These small earthenware storage jars are made by ceramist Mary Johnson.
    Decorated using traditional slipware decorating techniques these jars come in various designs celebrating the wildlife in your garden.
    Designs include ladybirds, peapods and Daddy Longlegs.