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Mary-Jane Evans                     Personal Statement

The main theme of Mary-jane's work is the transformation of materials which echo the metaphorical forces, substance and history within the Dorset landscape where shewas born. Pushing materials to extremes is central to her work and she uses the kiln as a time machine to scar and erode her peices,  using corrosive materials which enables her to capture fragments of time.

With her wall pieces she first carves and chisils into them working from photographic images and sketches. She then adds layers of glazes, oxides, copper, engobes, porcelain, glass and found objects and fires these to 1300 degrees. Each piece sits on a bed of sand. After that first firing she responds to what has happened in the kiln and adds more layers and refires maybe twice more before she achieves the desired effect. She can never predict exactly how a piece will turn out and she is constantly experimenting.

Through these mult-firings she aims to capture the testure of the coastline that she loves.

The work has led her into other areas. The porcelain bowls and wall pieces are hand built and again she carves into each piece and uses corrosive materials to create texture and depth. Every piece is hand  built and each layer has to dry before adding the next.   Using this method she is able to created the delicate paper thin edges.  Each piece has about twenty layers of  very thin clay. She makes the clay herself from liquid porcelain and paper.


2001-2004     B.A. (Hons) First Class in Three Dimensional design - Ceramics   

                         at University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey.     

Other Qualifications    

1999                    City & Guilds 7802 Creative Skills Certificate - Ceramics

2001                    City & Guilds 7900 Creative Skills Certificate - Ceramics     


October 2002    Winner of  International Takifuji Art Award - Tokyo

June 2004          Nominated for Setting Out with Craft Potters Association

1999                     Winner of Medal of Excellence awarded by City & Guilds 7802

1999                     Winner of City & Guilds ' Futures 100' compeition receiving

                              10,000 bursary to spend on workshop facilities and equipment

1999                    Nominated for Medal of Excellence City & Guilds 7900 Part One



August  2008      Gallery LeFort Fine Art, Bath

August  2008      Bute Space, Cardiff

July 2008             Workshop Wales, Fishguard

June/July 2008   Victoria Art Gallery - Bath Society of Artists Summer Exhibition

June 2008           Contemporary Craft Fair Bovery Tracy

June 2008           Open Studio at Widcombe Studios

June 2008           Bath and West Show

February 2008    The Creative Gallery, Dorset

December 2007  Out of the Blue Gallery, Bath

December 2007  Open Studios at Widcombe Studios, Bath

Nov/Dec  2007     Royal West of England Academy, Bristol - Winter Exhibition

June 2007            Solo Show Kingswood School

June 2007            Church House Designs, Congesbury

May 2007              Bristol Affordable Art Fair

March 2007          Earth Gallery, Poole, Dorset

March 2007          Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

January 2007      Earth-Land-Sea at Foss Fine Art, Clapham, London

November 2006  The Great Art Fair, Alexandra Palace, London

August 2006         Out of the Blue Gallery, Bath

July 2006               Group Show Trinity Group, Walcot Street Chapel

July 2006               Solo Show, Kingswood School, Bath

June 2006             Grand Designs, Excel Centre, London

February 2006      Black Swan Arts, Frome - Open exhibition

December 2005   Solo Exhibition, Kingswood School, Bath

September 2005  Group Show Trackside Gallery, London

July 2005               'Seascape' Bettles Gallery, Ringwood

May 2005               Crouch End Open Studios, London

February 2005      Overton Contemporary Art, Overton

July 2004               New Designers at Business Design Centre, Islington, London

 2004                       End of Year Degree Show at Surrey Inst. of Art and Design

2004                        End of Year Show, Poole College of Art and Design- City &

                                 Guilds 7800




Large turqouise/black/blue bowl
Mary-Jane Evans BA (Hons)


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