About Mary


Creating beautiful vessels for people to use or contemplate is a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend one’s life. I have been potting since I was 13 and have never grown tired of any aspect of my job. I love to go out to my studio every day full of creative energy to create anew. My focus is on expressing the beauty and strength of pure form. I delight in the challenge of creating contemporary vessels based on classic lines and have a keen interest in developing original glaze effects for my works.

Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1959, I moved with my family to British Columbia in 1966. I am self-taught and have worked solely as a potter since 1979. My works are exhibited nationally and internationally, and I especially enjoy the time that I spend with customers from around the world who visit my studio in Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island.

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Beauty is a wondrous and mysterious presence, one that can fill you with surges of overwhelming joy and delight. The perfection and fluency that comes from a deep knowing and connection to one’s work is, at times, awesome in its power to bring forth the vessel’s radiance. Beauty is everywhere in the act of creation and it is humbling to be encompassed by it.

I hope you enjoy viewing my work. See you in Ladysmith.

Mary

Selected Recent Exhibitions

2016 

  • Primordial Beauty– Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC, October 11-29th
  •  Ceramic & Colours Award Exhibition– Crawling- The Amusing Skin, Special Mention, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy, August 1–September 4
  • Saltspring Ceramics Award Exhibition, Saltspring Island, BC, October 6-16.
  •  Matter of Clay IV , Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London Ontario, August 4- September 10th

2015

  • Unearthing Beauty, Gallery of BC Ceramics, Vancouver, BC, August 2015
  • Best of the Best, Top entries from the 45th Annual Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show
  • Quartette, Mary Fox, Joan Larson, Maia Levine, Sherry Mitchell, July, McMillan Arts Centre, Parksville BC
  • The Art of Splash, Annual exhibition by Art’s Umbrella, Vancouver, B.C 1999 – 2015

2014

  • 20/20 – Winchester Galleries – October, Victoria BC, 2014
  • Circle Craft – Beautiful Vessels to Enrich and Inspire, September
  • Semiahmoo Potters Club – Workshop – June
  • Fired Up! Celebrating 30 YearsGallery of BC Ceramics, Vancouver, March 6 – 30th
  • Fired Up! 30th Anniversary Show, The Potters Place Gallery, Courtney, BC, April 2014
  • Saltspring Potters Guild2 day Mary Fox Workshop, Feb. 15 – 16th
  • North Island Collage Lecture Series – March 11th

2013

  • New Works– Winchester Galleries – Victoria BC
  • Circle Craft, 40 Years and Beyond, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Turning 40 – The Art of Ceramics at Circle Craft’, Vancouver B.C.
  • Shaping Dharma through Creativity, Red Door Yoga Lecture Series, Lantzville, B.C.
  • Mary Fox, Forms and Vessels, Winchester Galleries, Victoria ,B.C.
  • Fine Art or Fine Craft-A Frank Discussion: Panelists: Grant Leier, Nixie Barton,
  • Mary Fox and Robin Field, Waterfront Gallery, Ladysmith, BC August

2012

  • Back to the Land – Victoria Art Gallery, 1040 Moss Street, Victoria, BC, 2012
  • Filberg Festival – Guest Artist (Juried), Comox Valley B.C. 2012

2011

  • Vasefinder Internationalcurated by Charles A Blim, Online, 2011
  • Matter of Clay III – Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London, Ontario, August 2011
  • Classic Forms Revisited – Gallery of BC Ceramics, Vancouver, B.C., September

2010

  • Pacific Rim Connection, Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery, July 9 – 23, 2010
  • Lecture: South Vancouver Island Potters Guild, February 2010

2009

  • Fired Up! Contemporary Works in Clay, National 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London, Ontario, August 6 – 30th, 2009
  • What the Rain Brings Fired Up! Contemporary Works in Clay, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, April 19 – June 21, 2009
  • Elemental ConnectionsSaskatchewan Craft Council, January 9 – February 22, 2009
  • 2009 – 1999 The Art of Splash – Annual exhibitions by Art’s Umbrella, Vancouver, BC
  • Fired up! Lecture Series: Inspiration and the Creative Process – Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC, 2009

2008

  • Masters Series Presenter – Arrowsmith Potters Guild, Parksville, BC, 2008
  • Elemental Connections, Feature Gallery, Alberta Craft Council, July 12 – September 27, 2008
  • Fox & NorgateWallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta, April 19 – May 1, 2008
  • Contemporary Craft in BC: Excellence within Diversitythe Crafts Association of BC & Vancouver Museum, February 7 – April 6, 2008

2007

  • Elemental ConnectionsAn Exhibition of Sustainable Craft, Curator: Arlene Gehring, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, Ontario, Group show, September 27 – November 1, 2007
  • Surfaces Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Interiors, London, Ontario, 3 person show,
  • March 8 – 29, 2007

2006

  • In the Palm of a Hand: BC to Tajimi Japan Touring ExhibitionGallery of BC Ceramics, Vancouver, BC, October 19 – November 13th, 2006
  • Matter of Clay II – Repeats and Occasional Pots, Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Interiors, London, Ontario, Group show, August 2 – 31st, , 2006
  •  New Growth-Synthesizing Clay40th Annual NCECA Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA, Fired Up Group show, March 8 – March 11, 2006
  •  Objectoronto, An Exposition of Craft+Art+DesignHarbinger Gallery, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, April 28 – April 30th, 2006
  •  February Gallery Invitational Exhibition Gallery of BC Ceramics, Vancouver, BC, Group show, February 2 – 27, 2006

2005

  • Beauty of Form EnhancedGallery of BC Ceramics, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC, solo exhibition, August 4 – 29, 2005
  • Circle Craft Scholarships –  presenting the works of Circle Craft Scholarship recipients, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver BC, August 21 – September 10, 2005
  • Creation in the Palm, BC to Tajimi Japan Exchange Exhibition Japan, August 13 – September 26, 2005
  • TransFormationCelebrating the Potters Guild of BC at 50. Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC, August 9 – September 10, 2005

2004

  • Fine CeramicsVancouver Art Gallery Rental & Sales Showroom, Vancouver, 2004
  • Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary West Coast CeramicsArtSpring, Salt Spring Island, BC, 2003
  • Circle Craft – SPINPendulum Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  • The Shape Between Continuity and Innovation – Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy. June 6 – Dec. 31, 2003
  • On The Edge Peninsula Gallery, Sidney, British Columbia, 2003
  • Genius LociCanadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario. May 24 – August. 31, 2003
  • We Are Circle Craft! Celebrating Our First 30 Years Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia. July 1 – August 30, 2003
  • Spring Show Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta, 2003

2002

  • 2002 Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award Shepparton Art
  • Gallery, Shepparton, Australia, March 2 – April 28, 2002
  • New Works Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta, 2002
  • Empty Bowl Project Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, BC, 2002

2001

  • White Exhibition Portfolio Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2001

2000

  • ARTS 2000Gallery Stratford, Stratford, Ontario. National exhibition celebrating Canadian creativity in the visual arts, crafts, architecture and design. Produced by the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. May 29 – September 4, 2000
  • Treasured Vessels Portfolio Gallery, Vancouver, BC  (solo), 2000
  • Expressions From The West Gallery Six One One, Toronto, Ontario, 2000

The 90s

  • Made By Hand – Silver Edition Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, concurrent exhibitions in Vancouver and Victoria, BC. June 12 – September 13, 1998
  • Clay ‘98 Our Finest Work  Community Arts Council of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
  • APEC Ikebana Exhibit  Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, followed by related exhibitions, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1997
  • Fine Form with accompanying video, Gallery of British Columbia Ceramics, Vancouver, British Columbia (solo), 1997
  • Classic Vessels and Adornments with Marianne Brown, Circle Craft Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1996
  • Exhibit The Gallery Shop, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, with Maggie Tchir and the Orceas Basket Weavers, mixed media artists, Victoria, BC, 1989

The 80s

  • 9th Annual Northwest International Art Competition ExhibitBellingham, Washington, USA, 1989
  • Raku Gallery of British Columbia Ceramics, with Gordon Reisig and Robin Righton, Vancouver, BC, 1988
  • Exhibit Circle Craft Gallery, with Jan MacLeod, Vancouver, BC, 1988
  • Exhibit Crafthouse Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 1988
  • Exhibit Market House Gallery, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, 1988
  • Vault of Dreams with Miles Lowry, Out of Hand Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia, 1986

Selected Public Collections, Publications, Professional Activities

  • 2016-“Fine Form: The Art of throwing beautiful, gracefully flowing large forms & vessels” MISSA, Pearson College, Victoria, July 2&3
  • 2014 -Ceramics Monthly, September, Studio Visit article
  • 2013– Homes & Living, Mary the Potter and the Studio of Treasures, Melissa Fryer,June/July
  • 2013 Clay Hub Studio, – founding member
  • 2013 Fired Up, Core Member
  • 2009 “Fired Up!” Contemporary Works in Clay, annual show
  • 2007 “Searching for Beauty” Richard Jacobs, Kestral Books Ltd.
  • 2005 “Treasures of British Columbia”, Morgan & Chase Publishing Inc.
  • 2005 “Canadian Studio Ceramics 1920-2005”, by Gail Crawford
  • 2005 “Craft Perception and Practice, Volume 2”, edited by Paula Gustafson, cover photograph
  • 2005 “Making Marks: Discovering The Ceramic Surface”, by Robin Hopper
  • 2003 “For this potter, form is Number One”, by Robert Amos, originally published in the Times Colonist, Victoria, BC, June 26, 2003, can be found, with additional images at: http://www.artistsincanada.com/php/article.php?id=339
  • 2003 Collection of Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy
  • Collection of Ultima Ventures Corporation, Calgary, Alberta
  • 2002 Artichoke: Special Edition Number 2”, cover photograph and Portfolio
  • 2002-1997 Core member of  “Fired Up!” group of ceramic artists, Metchosin, BC
  • 2001 The Ceramic Spectrum”, 2nd Edition, by Robin Hopper
  • 1998 Made of Clay: Ceramics of British Columbia”, Potters Guild of British Columbia, Compiled and produced by Linda Doherty
  • 1998 Circle Craft Co-operative Study Scholarship
  • 1989-1988 Board of Directors, Circle Craft Co-operative, Vancouver, BC
  • 1988 Banff School of Fine Arts, Summer Program, Banff, Alberta
  • 1988 Collection of Praxis Design Company, Vancouver, BC
  • 1987 Crafts Association of British Columbia Cameron Rogers Scholarship
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