Location: Ladysmith, BC
Member Since: 1986
When she first encountered ceramic arts at the age of thirteen, Mary Fox knew she had found her life’s work. Fifty years later, her innovative layered glazes and exquisitely balanced vessels have garnered national and international acclaim. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, books, journals and design magazines, and is held in institutional, corporate and private collections throughout the world. Fox also delivers artist talks on ceramic techniques and the creative process
Beauty is a wondrous and mysterious presence in my life, filling me with surges of overwhelming joy and delight. A sense of knowing and connection to my work has deepened over the years as I continue on my creative path to bring forth the beauty and perfection of clay. When I start to contemplate a new body of work, I often become overwhelmed with all the images and feelings that flood through me. The ideas grow and build until the pressure to create is almost too much to bear. When calmness enters my body, I know I am ready to begin. The first stage of creating a vessel on the wheel is called centering, and as the clay becomes centered, so do I as the potter. Warmth flows through me and I am at one with the clay; then beauty starts to emerge. Beauty is everywhere in the act of creation and it is humbling to be encompassed by it.