Shaping Darma Through Creativity at Red Door Yoga, Lantzville BC, June 7th, 6:30-8:30 www.reddooryoga.ca
Come and join our presenter, sculptor Mary Fox, for a journey into finding and handling your passion in a way that allows your dharma to take shape! Mary addresses the questions: “Passion, how do we find it?”, “When we do find it, how do we handle it?”, “Do we embrace it fully, dive into it and go where it leads? Or, are we intimidated by its power and scared to embrace it?”. Mary describes herself as a passionate person who can sometimes be unnerved by the power of her passions, but who, despite this, has always followed them. In this lecture she will be sharing with you how she has learned over the years to follow her creative passion and where that has taken her. And with honesty and enthusiasm, she will share with you some of the creative and personal challenges she has met along the way.
I gave a presentation to the Tri City Potters in November and have been getting feedback from some of the potters that were there that night. Every lecture I give is different as I taylor them to the group….this group was all potters and they kept me on my toes with lots of great questions all night. This comment is from one of the potters that was there, thought I’d share it with you.
” I really enjoyed your presentation at Tri Cities Pottery Guild. I was the one on your right asking questions about form. Your forms are superlative and something I aspire to. You said a fraction of an inch off at any spot will make the difference between just a vase and a vase full of life. You said the best way to improve is to study your own work. A thousand watt light bulb went off in my head. It was the precise answer I had been looking for. I used to toss the ones I didn’t like; they made me uncomfortable. Now I set them out to be contemplated so I can perceive what to do differently. Thanks Mary! Love ya!!! “
Thanks for the feedback, Wendey, I’m glad that my talk was helpful to you. I remember when I first started keeping the pots I wasn’t so happy with, it was a turning point for me too…that what makes us uncomfortable…sometimes that’s exactly where we need to focus and learn.
Till next time, Fox that Pots….
October 5, 2012 – February 3, 2013
Mary will be exhibiting at the Back to the Land exhibition at 1040 Moss Street in Victoria.
The Opening Reception will be held at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria on Friday October 5th from 7-10pm. The events of the evening are as follows: a special members’ preview from 7-8pm, In Conversation with Diane Carr at 7pm at which time she will introduce the artists, and the public reception from 8-10pm. In addition, there will be an opportunity for Gallery visitors and members of the community to meet with the artists and hear more about this pivotal time in ceramic history. Many of the artists will be available during an informal time on October 6th between 1:00 -2:30 pm , at this time the artists will be answering questions and engaging in conversation with gallery visitors.
Back to the Land: Ceramics from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands 1970-1985 presents the work of 31 ceramic artists working on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands in the 1970s and 1980s. Guest curated by Diane Carr, the exhibition emphasizes the “back to the land” movement of the early 1970s as the impetus for the explosion of ceramic activity in this region.
Mary was the guest artist at the Filberg Festival, held in Comox on Vancouver Island in August.
Loved being the Guest Artist at the Filberg Festival, this was the 30th year for the Festival and I can see why it’s such a popular event. Four days in a wonderful park surrounded by really great Artisans with live music to enjoy as well… what could be better. Oh, I know what made it better…. great food as well, gotta love that! I met lots of new people that now have Mary Fox works in their homes, 2 of my sculptures have new digs and was reacquainted with some long time collectors that I haven’t seen in many years. A good time for sure.
Mary exhibited at Classic Forms Revisited at the Gallery of BC Ceramics in Vancouver, BC, from September 3 – 29, 2011.
I’ve always been inspired by the timeless elegance and grace of the classic vase form. That first inspiration is constantly being echoed in the vessels that I create. In this exhibition I am revisiting some of the different forms I have explored over the years to show how this one form has influenced my life’s work.
Mary held a workshop in September 2011 as the Arrowsmith Potters Guild presented a one-day workshop. Whether creating decorative vessels, sculptures, or functional pottery, Mary said her work focuses on “expressing the beauty and strength of pure form”.
This workshop offered a unique “hands on” component where she spent time in the afternoon working with each participant. There were 8 wheels available for use in the guild and tables for handbuilding.Read More»
March 19-20, 2011
Workshop with Mary Fox: Exploring the creative process and developing your style
In this two day workshop we explored the creative process, talked about how to jump start ourselves when we’re jammed up and working in a hands on way with any problems we’re having re. the actual making of a piece.
Participants were encouraged to bring pieces they were having trouble with to work on during the workshop.
- Struggling with tea pots, come with all the parts ready to put together
- Having trouble with handles?
- Don’t know how to hollow out a large sculpture?
As usual, it was a lot of fun.