Mary Kaun-English
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MARY KAUN-ENGLISH is a contempory ceramic artist currently living in Britain. She was born and raised in Southern California where her passion for nature started as a young girl. Living in the then undeveloped San Rafael foothills, she was allowed to explore this desert landscape, being conscious of the natural spirit and materials around her, paralleling the movements of the native American Indians; her biological forefathers.

Mary moved to Britain in 1988 and now works from her garden studio, situated adjacent to woodlands in Surrey, creating hard-built sculptures made from clay. These pieces are smoke fired, exposing the porous clay to the smoke given off by the natural organic materials used to fuel the fire. The results are organic sculptures embellished with an account of the smokes ephemeral passage across the clay. By reason of this, each one of the sculptures is unique.

Her recent work centres on an opening in the form; this fundamental part of the work allows air and light into the solid form of the structure.

When exhibiting, Mary’s sculptures always generates a lot of interest from visitors and fellow exhibitors; resulting in frequent sales of her work.

Her work is currently held in private collections throughout the UK, Scotland, California, Boston, New York, Toronto, India, Shanghai and Australia.

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT
Mary Kaun-English

‘My intention, in both the process of creating the work and in the work itself, is to combine the bodily, earthly and un-spiritual components with the in-material, ethereal and spiritual elements.’