Mary Rogers b. 1929

British ceramist Mary Rogers worked in graphic design and calligraphy for years before establishing her first ceramics workshop in Leicestershire, England. Born in 1929 in Derbyshire, she studied at the Watford School or Art and St. Martin’s School of Art from 1945 to 1949. Her early work consisted of heavy, hand-coiled stoneware pots and in the 1960s her techniques shifted to translucent, hand pinched porcelain bowls. In the 1970s she began exhibiting internationally. Rogers’s delicate work is inspired by nature representative of flowers, leaves, shells and organisms native to a forest or sea floor. The exterior is stained or painted in pointillist style and some examples are pierced at the paper-thin edges. After establishing a new studio near Falmouth, Cornwall her ceramics flourished for 5 years until she retired in the early 1990s. Rogers’s work is collected internationally by renowned institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in Lausanne, Switzerland, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia among others.

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