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Mary Philpott – Verdant Tile

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 @avantgardenptbo