Mary Philpott has a full-time studio practice focused in ceramics. The primary subject of her clay sculptures are animals, both domesticated and wild, which she is able to witness and reflect on in her daily life in the Ontario countryside. Hares and foxes are modeled in lively mid-gesture, arresting the realism of natural motion in clay form.
“The work that I make reflects my interest in the lives and natural beauty of animals … The Animals and Birds inhabit our Imagination, living on the edge of our knowing, each in their own story of the life cycle. They are a symbol of our own forgotten animal character, and bring us back to the natural environment, reminding us to care for and respect our home.”
Mary Philpott is a graduate of the Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design (Ceramics), the University of Guelph (Art History and Archeology), and McMaster University (Anthropoloy/Archeology). Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, France, and England, and is held in many private and public collections internationally. In addition to her independent artistic practice, Philpott also teaches ceramics and is a member of the Roycroft Renaissance Artisans, Tile Heritage Organization, Hamilton Potters Guild, Hand Made Tile Association, The William Morris Society, Tile & Architectural Ceramics Society of Britain and AIR Vallauris, France.
Mary Philpott currently lives and works in Stratford, Ontario.