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Artist: Mary Briggs

Mary Briggs
Mary Briggs, OREGON
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Mary began her educational background with clay at the University of Georgia with Ron Meyers and Andy Nasisse, after which she obtained an MFA from the University of Iowa. She is currently a studio potter in Eugene, Oregon, which lured her with its landscape and outdoor activities.

My current body of work is investigating forms that are functional and inspired by historical folk pottery. I began drawing on my work about 15 years ago as landscapes presented themselves to me in the brush marks or drip lines of the white slip applied over the terra cotta clay. Researching landscape drawings and paintings and using them as a reference is a part of my process. I consider each drawing as a study in a Masters work that hopefully becomes a part of my visual library. The 19th century and their sensibilities around the landscape seem to be my favorite. There is a romantic element that is calming, like a country drive. Each piece of pottery is decorated individually with consideration of composition and it's relationship to the form. My work is not about politics or social commentary. It is simply meant to serve as a window into a peaceful place.

1995 University of Iowa, Masters of Arts Ceramics
1990 University of Georgia, Bachelor of Fine Arts


Group Show Schaller Gallery St. Joseph, MI

Wenaha Gallery, Dayton WA
American Pottery Festival Northern Clay Center Minneapolis, MN

Solo Show Passionflower Eugene, OR
"Low Fire Is Cooler", Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI

Solo Show Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI

Solo Show Passionflower, Eugene, OR

"Sororal" Schaller Gallery, St Joseph, MI
Mount Hood Community College Invitational, Gresham, OR

Solo Show Mudfire Gallery, Decatur GA

"Livestock", Schaller Gallery, St Joseph, MI
Solo Show Passion Flower Eugene, Oregon
Joint Show with Painter Dawne Raulet, Two Moon Gallery, Nashville, TN

"Buckets and Baskets", Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana
"Butter" Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

Solo Show Margo's Pottery, Buffalo, Wyoming

"Pots with Stories", Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana
"Tea: Engaging the Senses - From Cuppa to Ceremony" White Lotus Gallery, Eugene, Oregon

2006 Bermuda National Gallery, Contemporary Ceramics Hamilton, Bermuda

"Functional Earthenware", Charlie Cummings gallery, Fort Wayne, Indian


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