Mary Cay

I work in series and my ideas are formulated during the 'space in-between.' In the early hours of the day, I access the Alpha brainwave state and use free association to visualize concepts and solve technical problems.  

                              For Her

                                     Mushroom Series

Image of a cup and saucer with celadon glaze and several Kiln Jewels spilling out of the cup on to the saucer.

Kiln Jewels

I started collecting glaze fragments that resembled jewels during firing and wanted to cultivate them. The ‘how’ to incorporate them was easy - make aesthetic choices.  The 'why' to use them was a deeper question. The development process made me more patient, determined, and resilient, which is a reminder to 'never give up', and that is why I use them in my work. The process has been featured in Ceramics Monthly magazine and two books published by the American Ceramic Society.

 A jade plant is cultivated like bonsai. The beige oval planter sits on a wavy tray with a pouring vessel. Blue Kiln Jewels sit on the soil.
Detail image of glaze that looks like fireworks in colors of dark blue, light green and violet.

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