Ann-Marie - Sculptural Ceramics
Ann Marie was born in Lancashire and moved to Northern Ireland in the 1970’s. she gained an honours degree in ceramics from the University of Ulster in 1982 and has been creating pots ever since.
She has worked on many prestigious private collections including former Irish President Mary Robinson, Senator George Mitchell, the late Dr Mo Mowlam and Mary Peters OBE.
Her work can also be seen in the Ulster Museum, the National Museum of Ireland and the public collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. She has been featured many times in art journals such as the Ceramic Review, Irish Arts Review and most recently in the best of Irish Ceramic Sculpture publication.
Ann Marie has also worked on many public art commissions including floor games in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast and a huge ceramic mural for the Causeway Hospital, Coleraine. She has been teaching ceramics and arts for many years with different groups.
She has shown widely throughout the UK, USA and Germany and today divides her time between making pots and looking after her three children.
"My pots are all individual. They start life as a round or flat piece of earthenware clay and are carefully hand-built into shapes of dishes, teapots, clocks and fishes, which ultimately end up as highly decorative pieces of ceramics.
Colour is very important to me as I like to start with a blank white smooth surface and then start building up the colours. This can be as many as 14 different colours on one piece. The more vivid, shocking and illuminating the better. I want my work to cheer people up, to make them smile and continuously discover new things about their ceramic sculpture."