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Maggie Kingston

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Artwork for Maggie Kingston

coneburner

woodland vase

sedum planter

travelling chess set in cloth and felt holder

Shar(e)d Stories mounted on wood to hang

tryptych

Pollards

labyrinth platter

Details

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I use a combination of white porcelain paperclay with mainly black grogged clay and layer the two to create patterns and forms inspired by geology and nature. The plants and trees on my own land provide the ash for the glazes which, when combined with the metal oxides, give subtle flow and colour to the pieces.I work by hand and allow a form to emerge from the way in which the layers pattern and then end use I have in mind. Some like the pollards are purely sculptural, others like the cone buners also have a function.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

It gives me a way to express my connection with the natural world. Working as a nurse at a clinic that used various complementary approaches including various artistic activities showed me a way to deepen connection with the whole of life.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Maggie Kingston Ceramics:
I am inspired by the natural cycle of the earth, and our physical and spiritual relationship with creation. This finds expression in forms derived from nature. It is further influenced by my interest in mankind's development over millennia with the stories, myths and legends that attempt to explain our place in the cosmos.
I hope that these pieces will enable you to weave your own stories around them.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I use the skills of ceramics and other art work in Oasis Life Biography work that is small group based. Otherwise the ceramics forms part of a busy life now I am retired. I have people to stay for holidays or quiet times and this will often include ad hoc 'play with clay' days. I mainly sell at markets or from individual approach via my website.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

2010 Qualified as Oasis Facilitator. (Life biography work including Art as a process to understanding oneself.)
2011/12 Hereford College of Art Portfolio course when I discovered my passion for clay and glazes.
2015 Hereford College of Art BA(Hons) Contemporary Design Craft).I specialised in the clay work, developing my own glazes and forms in agate ware. (Taken as an extra mature post-retirement student).

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

In 2020 there were none.!
2019 h'art at St Michaels, Apple Store Gallery Hereford, Church Stretton,
2018 h'art at St Michaels, Apple Store Gallery Hereford, Church Stretton, Made in the Marches

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

I sell at markets, usually The Fold, Bransford , on waiting list for this year because of Covid regulations and by word of mouth, visitors to the website and personal recommendation.

Venues Description: 
St Michael's Church Tenbury, venue 94
Venues Confirmed: 
Yes

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