Marion Kennedy studied MA (Hons) Fine Art at Edinburgh University. Integral to the course was practical studio work at Edinburgh College of Art where she studied drawing, painting, print-making and sculpture.
Her ceramic work for Plumtree Ceramics consists of handmade, thrown stoneware pots, bowls and vases. Most greenware pieces are hand-burnished before biscuit firing in an electric kiln. Biscuit ware pieces are then fired again in a sawdust kiln to give the finished effect. A slip resist is sometimes used for the sawdust firing to give the surface a pattern which is a little more defined.
The desired effect is to create natural looking, simple objects. Marion likes to create shapes and surfaces which can be smooth like pebbles found on a beach or rough and irregular like artefacts uncovered at an archaeological dig. With the latter Marion aims to make something less uniform and more primitive.
Marion prefers not to use glazes which hide the clay but likes to keep the natural clay surface so the pots are warmer to the touch. The pieces are normally burnish to give a slight shine rather than encased in a hard, glassy, glazed shell. The final sawdust firing gives the surface a finish which the maker has little control over and is left to the fire and smoke to create.
"I love the feel of clay, how plastic it is and that before it is fired it can all be re-used. The way we talk about pots with words like body, neck, shoulder and foot makes them very human. Forming pots on the wheel - opening out the clay and closing it in again - is like a mouth forming sounds."
Marion learned to throw pots as a teenager and has picked up tips from other potters on holidays and in workshops.
Year Established: 2015