Maria’s large colourful ceramic birds nestle in the rafters at Barrington Farm’s Art Barn as though quietly watching everyone go about their business. Looking at then we are reminded of what a talented artist she was.
Inspired by the variety of birdlife at Barrington Farm such as chickens, owls and peacocks which she would visit every morning to help feed, Maria’s sculpture express everything that was joyful to her in life. She worked mostly with traditional ‘coil-pot’ methods to build up large scale bowl or vase structures whilst simultaneously incorporating her vision of a certain bird and adding their distinguishing features using the same coiling technique. The surface of their bodies are covered in organic shapes and rhythmic pattern, and in some cases with illustrations of nature and other creatures bringing the whole composition to life.
Apart from being extremely beautiful, sophisticated, well designed and crafted pieces, Maria’s animated vessels are an exceptional example of harmony of form, function and aesthetic.
Maria was born in 1955 in Ipswich, Suffolk. She died in Norfolk in 2000.