Mary Cutchee

About Mary Cutchee

WPA

I make my pots by hand using local ‘wild’ clay: red clay from Dartington, white clay from Newton Abbot and black clay from Dorset. Each pot is unique with patterns of different clays appearing serendipitously on the surface of the pot as I build the form. By blending different clays I create lighter and darker shades, and add sand, slate and other natural materials for texture and colour.
I trained as a production thrower receiving a BA in 1980, but now find that the traditional hand-building methods of pinch, coil and slab allow me to connect with the clay in a slower and more meditative way. The un-glazed surfaces of my pots have the natural simplicity of weathered stone, offering the hand a more intimate connection with the clay, and by extension, the land itself. My work aims to express the change, drama and stillness of the Devon landscape using the materials of the wild places themselves. I fire to stoneware temperatures in an electric kiln.
I combine my creative practice with teaching ceramics at my workshop Crazy About Clay at Dartington, Devon.
My work is available for purchase from the Craft Gallery, The Shops at Dartington, Shinner’s Bridge TQ9 6TQ www.dartington.org

My own instagram: www.instagram.com/mary_cutchee_ceramics
My students’ Instagram: www.instagram.com/crazyaboutclay

websites: www.marycutchee.com for my own work
www.crazyaboutclay.com for teaching
email: umcutchee@gmail.com and mary@crazyaboutclay.com





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