Mary Aldrich
What clay body do you use?

    "That has changed over time with my work. At the moment, I love raku clay. I usually leave my work unglazed and the raw raku clay becomes a wonderful stone color once fired.  Just as I like the rough coarseness of raku, I also love working with cinco rojo because the texture is just like chocolate ganache and who can resist that."

     

    Primary forming method?

    "I learned to handbuild using slab rolled clay cut into ribbons. I use those for a sort of flat coil type of handbuilding. I sometimes use rolled coils if the piece I am constructing is particularly curvy."


    Primary firing temperature?

    "I for the moment I am using cone 5-6. It seems to give me everything I need for my current work."


    Favorite surface treatment?

    "I love a simple smooth surface but when I add texture it is usually done by attaching clay additions."

    Favorite Tools?

    " I have collected many… but day in and day out it would be a white Mudtool sponge, a Kemper rubber tipped  wipe out tool and my own handmade wooden ribs."

    Describe your studio environment.

    "Heaven -Tiny little rented garage shared with the most wonderful ceramic minded friends!"



    How/Where do you market your artwork?

    "My website maryaldrich.com, Serrano Gallery, Houston, Texas, The Silos on Sawyer, Houston, Texas."


    How/Where do you sell your artwork?

    "The Silos on Sawyer, Houston, Texas, Serrano Gallery, Houston, Texas"


    What sparks your creativity? What drives you to work with clay?
    "By nature I am someone that likes to work…. and to create. While I have worked in other media, clay is the one the suits me the best.  I enjoy working in 3 dimensions. I am a very visual person so usually my ideas come some small thing I notice while I am out wandering.  Often times it is something in nature."
    Did you come to pottery from a different career? Tell us about your journey to a ceramics career.
    "I have a background in graphic design, advertising and marketing. In that I spent a lot of time looking at the design of printed materials. I think that has given me a developed eye for proportion and color."



    How have you have taken your experience as a well-established maker in the field and passed that knowledge along to students?
    "The beauty of both spaces where I work, classes at MFAH Glassell Studio School and my shared studio space, is that the people are very collaborative and open about what they know.  I have benefited tremendously from working with other people. I feel we are all students since there is still much to be learned. Because of that, I am always happy to share what I know and increase our pool of knowledge."
    What’s the best advice you’ve been given by a fellow maker, mentor, or teacher?
    "I was working on a sculpture when a fellow maker, Loes Berendschot, said “the look on your face says that you are not happy”.  I told her that a portion of the piece seemed to have gotten away from me.  She said, “well cut that portion out and do it over…. if you don’t like it today you won’t like it any more tomorrow.” She was right then and I often remind myself of her advice."
    "The best advice I was been given by a teacher came from Libby DeLyria.  In class I would have a tendency to continue working on a piece before it was stiff enough to successfully continue. She would catch my eye from across the room  and say “walk away”.  I still hear her voice in my head…. it is good for me to stand up and walk away. It lets the piece firm up and it lets me take a fresh look when I return to work."




    Website URL and other social media platforms:
    www.marygaldrich.com
    Artist Statement:

      I have always created with my hands but in 2010 I began taking ceramics classes at Houston Museum of Fine Art Glassell Studio School. Since my first class, I have loved the process of creating in clay, the constant opportunity to learn new skills and the ability to express my ideas through the manipulation of clay.

      As I am exposed to new processes and I am inspired by new sights and experiences, my work evolves.  For me, part of the joy of working in clay is that no matter how hard I work, there is never enough time to translate all of my ideas into clay.  


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