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Mary Watson

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Ceramics Technician

I joined the University of Sunderland as Ceramics Technician in January 2019. In my role I support BA, MA and PhD students to realise their ideas and develop technical skills within ceramics.

I am a ceramic artist whose practice includes both the functional and conceptual. Over the last two years, I have developed two main lines of functional wares which I sell under the brand of Mareware Ceramics. I construct my work using a combination of wheel throwing, press moulding and hand-building techniques. The use of colour, texture and decorative techniques are integral to my designs. My work is interested in the human form and its abstraction into the functional object, through my body of work I enjoy pushing the materials limits, playing with form, balance and negative space.

I received a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2015. Alongside my personal practice, I have also worked with Edinburgh Art Festival, The Arnolfini and Situations UK in Visual Arts Programming. I moved to the University of Sunderland from the role of Ceramics Technician and Tutor at Bath College.

Teaching and supervision

As a specialised technical member of staff much of my role involves the teaching of process through practical workshops and demonstrations. I am also on hand to provide support and guidance to students and staff with taught class time, sharing my skills and expertise as much as possible.

  • Wheel throwing
  • Hand building
  • Casting
  • Glazing
  • Slip decoration
  • Firing methods
I am currently undertaking the MA in Ceramics and Glass part-time at the University of Sunderland alongside my work as Technician.

Last updated 25 February 2021