We welcome Master Artisan* Mary Coover to the Spotlight. Mary has shown and sold her whimsical porcelain works at numerous other top-shelf fine shows, so we are delighted to have her join us at Fall into Fine Craft!
What about your medium drew you to it initially and what’s kept you working at it?
Ever since I was a little girl playing in our clay-lined creek I have not been able to leave the slippery stuff alone. Now instead of playing with Pennsylvania’s native earthenware I am working with porcelain, a pure white clay which I make with a combination of five different clays and minerals. Working with porcelain, a material which lends itself to detail, is almost like drawing with clay. Every time I see an interesting animal or have a new idea, there it is, waiting for me to express myself.
If you had to choose a medium, other than your current one, what would you like to try and why?
Sculpting with clay is great but working with the colors and forms of living things such as flowering plants and trees in an artistic and unique way would be very inspiring and help me immerse myself in the beauty of Nature.
What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?
Being a new exhibitor at a show always presents me with interesting challenges but the best part of exhibiting in a show such as FIFC is meeting and learning from people who appreciate fine crafts.
You will be delighted by Mary’s imagination, style, and skill in creating her lively useful and decorative pieces.
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*Master Artisan is a status awarded by the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen to artisans whose work is judged exceptional by these three key benchmarks: Excellence in Craftsmanship, Resolved Design, and Unique Voice.