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Garden Gate: Episode 116 – Mary Philpott, Ceramic artist (May 25th, 2017)

CHEX TV airdate: May 25th, 2017
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Mary Philpott is a graduate Sheridan College, University of Guelph and MacMaster University. Her pottery, sculpture and tile work has been exhibited, collected and published internationally. She lives and works in Uxbridge, Ontario.

Mary’s work is inspired by the work of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement. Her work reflects the Flora and Fauna of her surrounding Landscape. The birds, rabbits, fox, sheep, dragonflies and flowers.

Mary is a full time Studio Ceramic Artist, designing tile and sculptures. Mary produces the original designs in clay and then creates a mold from each. She presses the tile into the mold by hand. Other tile suppliers that we carry press using a mechanical press usually with 20 or 60 ton pressure, but Mary does hers by hand. After they are pressed they need to sit in the mold for 3 or 4 days before they can go into the kiln. From there they are painted and re-fired. All in all a 6-8 week process!

Mary also produces unique sculptural pieces reflecting the animals and birds that she illustrates in her two dimensional tile.

Mary’s work can be found in many homes and galleries across Canada and the US as well as the UK.

UK Gallery
Blue Ginger Gallery, Stiffords Bridge, Cradley, Malvern

US Galleries
Pewabic Pottery, Detroit Michigan, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA, The Copper Shop At Roycroft, Roycroft Campus, East Aurora NY, Roycroft Antiques at the Roycroft Campus, East Aurora NY, Tile Gallerie, Dublin PA
Eckels Pottery & Fine Craft, Bayfield WI
ArtDecor Gallery, Cape May NJ
Mission Tile West, South Pasadena & Santa Monica California

In Canada
Avant-Garden Shop, Peterborough, ON
Fine Craft Art & Design, Almonte ON
Shane Norrie Contemporary, Stratford ON
The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, ON
Dish Gallery, The Distillery District, Toronto ON
The Canadian Clay & Glass Museum Waterloo ON
Artopia, Sarnia
Main Street Gallery, Bayfield Ontario
The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, Guelph Ontario
Village Studios, Stratford Ontario

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