EXPERIENCE MARY ELSE
THE HEART OF THE WAVE
A TRIO OF SEED PODS
My pieces are slab and coil built. I use different layers of glazes,
Oxides, slips and under glazes to achieve a varied colourfull
surface. New work also includes a variety of clay bodies
My current work is influenced by natural elements and formations, such as
rock, shell and fish shapes, seed pods and music.
With my all my work colour and form are of equal importance to me.
I wish to create a whole piece of which the colour must be part of the form, both inside and out.
I also allow the material and it’s properties help inform where the work will go.
This determines the colour and shapes/patterns used.
I take part in Sheffield Open up every year it’s a great way to promote yourself and meet with the public.
1978/81 Studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London
Awarded Honours Degree, commendation in Printmaking
1981/82 Pottery teacher at Camberwell School of Art.
Extra curricula course work for young people
1982/now Practising Ceramic Artist, including time with Glenys Barton in her studio
1982/88 Continuous playschemes, projects and youth work with the Inner London Education Authority in Lambeth and Southwark, London
1988/90 Leader for Playschemes and afterschool work in Bristol. Weight training coach BCC
1989/93 Ceramics Tutor at The Folk House, Bristol.
Adult Education classes 20 hours each week.
1996/2002 Various pottery workshops in Sheffield primary schools
Casual work for Sheffield City Council, delivering training workshops and art/craft sessions with community groups,SEN Class room assistant for carterknowle Junior school
2002 - 9/15 Teaching at Yewlands Technology College, Sheffield
Part time Tutor for Pottery classes The Art House Sheffield
Outlets for work in recent years and present
America – Hot House, New York; Martha Schneider Gallery, Illinois
London – Anatol Orient; Strangeways; Fulham Gallery; Inate Harmony; Ashdown Gallery; Sue Williams Gallery; Cre Ceramics; South London Gallery
Bristol – The 3D Gallery; The Eye Gallery
Sheffield – Cupola Gallery; Ruskin Gallery; Sheffield Antiques Centre; All Good Stuff
1984 Chelsea Craft Fair, London; Christmas Show, Easton Rooms Gallery, Rye
1985 Dulwich Craft Fair, London; Witch Craft, King Street Gallery, Bristol; Chelsea Craft Fair, London; Ceramics 85, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
1986 Two Woman Exhibition, Dryden Street Gallery, London
Open Show & Christmas Exhibition, Ceramics 7 Gallery, London
Open Members Figurative Exhibition, British Crafts Council,
Colour on Form, St Paul’s Gallery, Leeds
1987 One Woman Show, Cre Ceramics, London
1988 Three Person Show, Sue Williams Gallery, London
Ashgate a la carte and Black and White, New Ashgate Gallery
1989/93 Redland Craft Show, Bristol; Mixed exhibition, The Eye Gallery, Bristol; Mixed exhibition, The 3D Gallery, Bristol
1996 Work exhibited at Ruskin Craft Gallery, Sheffield
1997 Solo exhibition, Rotherham Arts Centre
1994/now Mixed exhibitions, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
1996/now Various in-house exhibitions, Sheffield Open up Artist exhibitions
1999 One Woman Show Richford Gallery, Wells next the Sea, Norfolk
2009-2013 Artist in Residence, Sheffield Antiques Centre