Mary Barringer "Platter with Poem"
Materials: Stoneware with multiple slips, glaze
Process: Handbuilt, electric fired
Dimensions: 10.5" x 10" x 2"
"This dish represents an example of my recurring and intermittent interest in combining clay forms and words. It’s a tricky balance, as form is its own language and the primary one of pottery. But I like the way that the trace of words can draw the viewer in and set off that very human urge to decipher. The words on this piece are a fragment of an actual poem, though they have been altered and muddied by the layers of the making process."
Mary Barringer, Shelbourne Falls, MA
Mary Barringer received a BA in art from Bennington College and has been a studio artist since 1973, making both sculpture and functional pottery. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and she has taught widely at universities, art schools, and craft centers and including Ohio University, Hartford Art School, and Anderson Ranch. In addition to her studio work she has written and lectured on the history of ceramics, and from 2004 until 2014 she served as editor of The Studio Potter journal. She lives in western Massachusetts.
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