Marion Angelica Porcelain

Marion Angelica Porcelain

About The Artist

Marion Angelica • Minneapolis, MN

I am predominantly a maker of hand-built, high fire tableware. Designing tableware that explores sculptural possibilities within the limits of functionality is the most exhilarating aspect of my practice. My inspiration is drawn from the forms and textures in nature, although I do not replicate them. I work with soft slabs and coils that exploit porcelain's unique qualities. I develop subtle colored glazes that enhance and change as they flow around the textures characteristic of my work.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

I work in high fire Grolleg porcelain combining soft slabs with coils. I design my work by creating templates that allow me to repeat shapes. I use many items, rollers, stamps that I make, and found objects to create texture in my work. I develop my own glazes and prefer ones that enhance the textures. I fire in a gas kiln which gives richness and depth to the glazes.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I work in high fire porcelain and fell in love with this pure white clay the instant I touched it. Its fine grain is sensual to the hand and very receptive to subtleties in texture. It is satiny when left unglazed and polished; its whiteness enables glazes to show rich colors and depth. I call clay my good addiction. I love the directness of work with my hands and use few tools. Porcelain has a reputation for being difficult to work with and prone to cracking. My trick is to cajole it into submission and then patiently dry it very slowly. I like to work in series, making, modifying and refining an idea over time

What is something unique about you or your practice?

Very few people hand-build in porcelain because it is so finicky. The shapes I am able to create can be very varied, compared to work created strictly on a wheel. The textures I add enhance the tactility of my work and people seem to enjoy work that is both useful and different from standard utilitarian forms.