Maralyn Wilson Art

Maralyn Wilson Art

About The Artist

Maralyn Wilson • Birmingham , AL

As a full-time studio artist, Maralyn Wilson works in mixed media encaustic wax in Birmingham, Alabama. She studied at the University of Georgia with Lamar Dodd and at Sophie Newcomb College with Ida Kohlmeyer, who later showed in Maralyn Wilson Gallery. She has participated in workshops including Penland School, Studio Reparata in Florence, Italy, and three encaustic workshops at R&F Studios in Kingston, New York. Maralyn has shown in juried shows including The Red Clay Survey at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama, Group Show at the Alabama State Council of the Arts in Montgomery, Alabama, ArtFields in Lake City, South Carolina, and Roots and Wings in Selma, Alabama. Previously she owned and operated Maralyn Wilson Gallery in Birmingham from 1973 to 2010.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

I hand build with raku clay with grog and fire to cone 04 so the clay will be slightly porous and will accept the encaustic wax. I love making machines example The Rainbow Man and incorporating lights, found objects, and always a story.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I find clay a medium that is full of magic. When you open the bag and touch this wonderful medium a new world opens up offering a multitude of possibilities waiting for you to create a personality,a spirit . Each of my sculptures has a story that unfolds for me as I work.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

When you see my work for first time you are surprised by the presents they have. Their eyes may you think they have a soul. Their stories further pull you into their world.