Mary first saw a pot being made at school when she was nine years old and knew from that day she wanted to make pots. She was lucky enough to attend Kirkby Stephen Grammar School and studied ceramics up to A level. She set up her own business in 1995 as well as working at Wetheriggs Pottery, nr Penrith.
In 1997 she began a degree course at Cumbria College of Art & Design (now known as the University of Cumbria) and gained a first class honours degree in 2000. She then set up her own gallery and workshop at the Rheged Discovery Centre, Penrith.
During her time at Rheged she wrote her book “Thrown Pottery Techniques Revealed” as well as setting a Guinness World Record for the most pots thrown on the potter’s wheel in an hour.
Mary has now joined forces with Gwen Bainbridge and opened a new studio at Brougham Hall, Penrith. Here each artist creates their own very individual work in their own space but share a gallery area which is open to the public.
Mary uses a variety stoneware and porcelain clays and a range of firing temperatures to create her range of decorative bowls, vases as well as table wares.