‘My intention, in both the process of creating the work and in the work itself, is to combine the bodily, earthly and un-spiritual components with the in-material, ethereal and spiritual elements.’
Mary Kaun-English is a contempory ceramic artist from Southern California, currently living in Surrey. Her passion for nature started as a young girl, when Mary explored the local desert landscape and foothills, becoming conscious of the natural spirit and materials around her, paralleling the movements of the Native Americans.
Mary moved to Britain in 1988 and now works from her garden studio, creating hard-built sculptures made from clay. These pieces are smoke-fired, exposing the porous clay to the smoke given off by the natural organic materials used to fuel the fire. The results are organic sculptures embellished with an account of the smoke's ephemeral passage across the clay which, makes each sculpture completely unique.
Her recent work centres on an opening in the form; this fundamental part of the work allows air and light into the solid form of the structure.
Mary exhibites widely and her work is currently held in private collections throughout the UK, Scotland, California, Boston, New York, Toronto, India, Shanghai and Australia.