Ceramic Artist

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September 2017

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Mat 2018

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February 2018



Mary Else

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

Aug 2015/now

                         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


Influenced by natural elements, formations
and music.
With 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.



2 Carfield Ln, Sheffield S8 9HX, UK


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