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Mary Philpott



101 Shakespeare Street
Stratford, ONT N5A3W5
T: 519-273-6093


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Wandering Fire Pottery


Pottery and Tile Work of individual design: Vases, planters, teapots and platters hand carved with Rowan or Hawthorne imagery, glazed with rich greens, honey yellows, blues and reds. Custom and limited production tile work with Medieval inspiration.
Pottery classes in a large bright loft studio. Small class sizes, and studio is equipped with eight electric wheels, large work tables and slab roller. Evenings and weekend courses.

Profile and Credentials        

Mary studied at University of Guelph, graduating with a B.A. in Art History, and then continued to Study at McMaster University in Archeology, and at the School of Crafts and Desine in Ceramics at Sheridan College.
After completing the Ceramics Diploma Mary spent a three year residency at Harbourfront Craft Studios in Toronto, proceeding on to set up her own loft studio in the West End of Toronto.

Philosophy and Comments        

The Work begins as a blank canvas in which I am able to convey my interpretations of a Story. In Effect, the Tile becomes a Story board; a place for the image, symbol or icon of a Narrative.
Many of the Tiles I create hold images of Trees, Crows, Ships, Heraldic Beasts and Symbols. These images are often woven from many different inspirations: from Celtic Knotwork found in the Gospels and in Copperwork; French Provencal textile and pottery design and colour; Medieval Stained glass and Illuminated Manuscripts; Alchemical symbolism to Middle Eastern Tile and Pottery.
Vases and flower bricks, among the various pottery items are all hand carved so that each one is unique, in patterns of the Ogham Trees of Birch, Rowan and Hawthorne.

Work Hours and Fee Schedule        

Please see website for course descriptions and fees.


Pottery Production Items include: aromatherapy burners, platters, Vases, planters, flower bricks, teapots, pitchers and tumblers, morter and pestle sets, tile vases and bowls.
Tiles are available as part of a limited production line, and custom or commission work is accepted for tile panels and murals.




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