|Mariko A. Brown Green Teapot NFS|
wheel thrown, Cone 6, underglaze inlay, glazes (8.5" x 11.5" 7")
My fascination with pottery comes from my desire to make art and to produce something that is mot only functional but visually appealing. Porcelain allows me stretch and shape the clay in any way I chose and offers a blank canvas for my floral imagery and luscious glazes to blend. The forms I create are tight and precise with a sense of restricted volume. I use bands around the form to constrict specific areas of each piece, while at the same time creating space for the volume and fullness to escape. The bands create registers to frame my drawings and paintings of floral imagery. Blossoms, leaves and flourishes move around my pots in colors of green and blue.
especially the textures and contours of leaves and flowers, for inspiration. I use color combinations and floral imagery as a reminder of the beauty that nature has to offer.
Mariko A. Brown is a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute where she received her BFA in ceramics. Mariko's continued fascination with creating pottery comes from her desire to create objects that are not only functional but visually appealing. She is currently living in Northeastern Illinois where she is continuing to make work and maintain her studio practice.