Apples and Art Studio Tour, 2017
In the past few years Margaret has participated in the annual Apples and Art Studio Tour held each Fall. On the Tour local artists around the Cornwall area open up their studios to the public to share with all those who visit a display of their creative and artistic work.
At other times, if you wish to visit Margare't pottery studio, please contact her for an appointment. The studio is located in South Lancaster, Ontario.
Here are some of the latest pots which Margaret has produced from outdoor raku and barrel firings on her property.
Here are some of the pots that Margaret has created.
Margaret's Personal Artistic Statement
My goal is to create unique and beautiful pottery which people can enjoy using every day or use to decorate their living spaces.
I adore elegant pottery with graceful forms and free-flowing painted designs, and I admire the pottery decoration skills of the majolica artists. I love working with color, and enjoy making "happy pots".
I find making original pots to be a never-ending challenge. I search various cultures and styles for inspiration, and this is seen in the large variety of styles shown in my work.
I am always working to improve my pottery and decoration skills and each small step forward is very personally fulfilling.
My earliest experience in creating pottery was in South Australia where I was born and raised. As a young person, I took an evening course in pottery at the Mount Gambier Adult Education Center and from this experience I learned that I really enjoyed working with clay. I resolved that one day I would master the art of pottery.
My serious pottery studies began eighteen years ago, and since that time I have continued to refine my pottery skills, both in working with the clay, and in painting designs on the pots. I have taken courses as an independent student in art schools and community centers, and attended workshops given by recognized artists.
I am a member of the Claycrafters Pottery Guild in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, and I belong to a group studying advanced claywork at the Town of Mount Royal Pottery Studio in Montreal.
My technical expertise has been broadened by exploring many aspects of pottery - clays, glazes, colorants, raku, hand-building, wheel throwing, pottery decoration, and gas, wood, and electric kiln firings.
In the last few years I have participated in the Ontario Apples and Art Studio Tour, and in 2013 my work was exhibited at Stewart Hall's 50th Anniversary celebrations in Pointe-Claire.
My pottery studio is at my home in South Lancaster, Ontario.
Techniques of creation
Most of the pots are thrown on a pottery wheel using white stoneware clays. When the pieces have dried to the leather-hard stage, the trimming and finishing work is done. While the clay is still damp, the designs are painted on by hand using stains and underglaze colors.
Once a pot has dried completely it is fired for the first time in a bisque kiln. This low-temperature firing produces a hardened but porous pot which can absorb glaze. The bisqued pots are sprayed with a transparent glaze and then they are fired a second time. This higher temperature firing melts the glaze, makes the painted designs permanent within the glaze, and vitrifies the clay body into a strong and non-porous stoneware.
Margaret have spent years testing and experimenting with colors and with painting one-stroke designs onto curved surfaces. Some colors will not survive the high-temperature firing that is required of stoneware but her choice is to work with stoneware because it is more durable than earthenware which can chip and craze easily. As a result, Margaret's pieces can take regular wear and are dishwasher safe.
Painting unique designs by hand on the pots is a very time-consuming process but that is what makes her work so distinctive.
Types of Pottery Produced
Functional pottery which is suitable for everyday use: - salad bowls, fruit bowls, large platters and mugs.
Display pieces: - vases, tiles, crocks, pitchers and urns.
In the summer outdoor raku and barrel firings are held on the property. These pots are somewhat porous and not food-safe. They are intended for display only.
Most of the pots are decorated with colorful hand-painted designs. They are durable and can take everyday use. They provide bright and interesting pieces for table service when entertaining, or can simply be displayed in your home and enjoyed. These beautiful and unique high-quality pieces also make excellent gifts for those special persons in your life.
Here are some photos of the pottery studio. It consists of a gallery and showroom, a clay and pottery decoration workshop, and a kiln and glaze room.
Web page created by Margaret Brown, M.Sc., MBA, B.Sc.