Mary Johnson

Venue: 09. 61 Spencer Road, Belper, DE56 1JW

'Mary Johnson makes wheel thrown slip decorated earthenware ceramics which are decorated with hand drawn weeds and creatures from the garden.'

'Mary Johnson makes intricately decorated ceramics vessels which embody a sense of place. Each pot is wheel-thrown earthenware with added materials to give a varied texture. Torn, damaged and re-assembled to make vessels which are patched together like an allotment shed. This new work has grown in an organic way without a set plan. Different clays lead to different shapes, colours and decorations. Each new layer is added in response to the last. Garden weeds have been hand painted or drawn onto the surface. The aim is to balance each part, rough and smooth, light and dark, ugly and beautiful.

This is new work which has grown slowly from a lifetime of planting, weeding and making They are decorated with images drawn directly onto the clay with a knife or paintbrush.
These pots celebrate weeds, decay, insects, and rust as integral partners without which life would be infinitely dull and sterile.

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