Mary Morazzi-Henderson

Ceramics

Artist Statement

I have been working with clay for most of my life. In high school and at Lesley college, as an education major, I studied ceramics. I fueled my passion by taking classes with Makoto Yabe at the deCordova Museum, an association that was to last for 20 years. During that time I joined the faculty as a ceramic instructor teaching classes for children and adults until the closing of the school in 2011.

I’m intrigued by surfaces and what may lie beneath them. Newly fallen snow blanketing an outdoor chair. Kudzu enveloping the landscape on the side of the road. Cloth draped over furniture in an old house. I find these as metaphors for the unexplained things people often say and do. What lies beneath? I start my sculptures by making a strong inner core. Building up and out, cutting openings, covering them up, adding layer on top of layer, the piece changing with each new addition. The finished abstract forms that house this inside network are often completely closed.

My functional work is intended for everyday use. I begin with simple forms, explore texture and color using various carving and glazing techniques. I consider each and every piece though practical in form, a unique work of art.

I currently make my art as well as teach classes at Silk and Clay Studio located at ArtSpace Maynard.