Mary Fox-Altered Vessel

Mary Fox

Ladysmith, Vancouver Island

“Original Artwork that Will Stand the Test of Time.”

Mary Fox
Mary Fox

Mary Fox’s innovative creations have established her reputation as a dedicated and exacting craftsperson in her field. Fox’s focus is on creating contemporary works based on classic lines and expressing the beauty and strength of pure form. She then creates unique glazes for her decorative works that can imbue the work with the look of unearthed antiquities. Beautiful form, exquisite balance and a sense of contained energy are hallmarks of her work.

She has received critical acclaim for her works that have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Mary Fox Pottery, Ladysmith BC
Mary Fox Pottery, Ladysmith BC
Bottle Vase by Mary Fox-10 1/2" T 2013
Bottle Vase with Navy Terra Sigilatta and Crawl Glaze

This is one of my favorite pieces. It is decorated with a  crawl glaze applied over a terra sigillata slip. I first started developing my crawl glazes in 1996, and what a learning curve it was! Crawl glazes are loaded up with a lot of extra clay. Clay shrinks as it dries and then shrinks even more when it is fired. This glaze beads up in the firing to reveal the slip underneath. The pieces with more than one colour of crawl glaze have been fired several times and had an additional application of glaze after each firing to create the multiple layers of colour.

Stoneware Jugs

“Pursuit of beauty is a constant in my life. It infuses everything I do. When working on vessels created to adorn our tables I derive pleasure from knowing that, through the subtle intimacy that grows from their daily use, these pieces will become treasures in people’s lives.”

Chalice by Mary Fox:15" W x 10 3/4" T
Chalice by Mary Fox:15″ W x 10 3/4″ T
Chalices are my favourite forms to create. In all of my work with the chalice, I strive for a feeling of upward or opening movement and a sense of the interior space containing the energy of the vessel.  These are challenging to throw, as they are shaped down to a small point that is later trimmed to about the diameter of a quarter. They balance on this point in the kiln and, if they survive their firings, I then glue the narrow end into a rock or black clay base. The rock based chalices are much rarer as it is difficult to find a rock that will flow with the chalice. With these pieces, my goal is to create a sense of the vessel emerging right out of the earth. Anchored in sandstone bases from the area where I live, and decorated with glazes created by mixing the earth’s minerals, these sculptural vessels are both born from and evocative of nature.
Chalice by Mary Fox: 10 1/4" T x 9" W
Chalice by Mary Fox: 10 1/4″ T x 9″ W

Mary Fox Pottery, Gallery

Mary Fox Pottery, Gallery

Fox’s Gallery and studio are open year round to the public. She is prolific and exhibits regularly so there is always a large selection of both the functional and the decorative works to choose from. She walks her dog in the mornings, so mornings are by chance.

Studio Location

321 Third Avenue
Box 35
Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A1
Facebook:  interview with potter Mary Fox

The Obsessive Artist

Studio Hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 1 – 5 pm

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