"Creating art proves my soul."
My love of sculpting is what pushes me to work up to fourteen hours a day. Sometimes I can’t walk away because doing so is the equivalent of holding my breath. And how long can the average person hold their breath? What, something like four minutes? Coincidently, when I’m sculpting, four minutes IS roughly the amount of time needed to quickly eat something or run to the bathroom.☺
When I lose a piece, like in a kiln mishap, I lose a piece of my heart. But for me ultimately it’s not about completing the sculpture, it’s about creating the sculpture. What’s that saying? The one about the journey being more important than the destination? I understand. I know it’s the actual sculpting that drives me because the finished piece isn’t anywhere near as important to me as the time I spent touching the clay.
All my ceramic sculptures are one-of-a-kind, small in size and very simple in subject matter. I mostly use non-traditional sculpting tools which I've found in thrift stores. Each of my sculptures takes about a week to create, is “babied” through a three-to-four week drying period and then fired twice in my kiln. All my sculpture titles are inspired by music.
Before starting my art career I spent many years working in Silent Unity and now I gratefully serve as a UVC Gallery Committee Member.
Website: Mary Maude on WordPress
Gallery 621 • November 2015 • Benicia, CA
Summit Art Festival 2015 • Lee's Summit, MO
Crossroads Arts District • April & May 2015 • KC, MO
Kiosk Gallery • July 2014 • Westport, MO
Crossroads Arts District • October 2012 • KC, MO
Raytown Invitational • August 2012 • Raytown, MO
Black Dog Coffee House • June 2012 • Lenexa, KS
Buttonwood Art Space (on-line) • May 2012
Raytown Arts Festival • April 2012 • Raytown, MO
Winner Road Gallery • January-March 2012 • Independence, MO
Artist Spotlight (newspaper article) • December 2011
Frick’s Art Gallery • December 2011 • Independence, MO
Art Westport • 2011 • KC, MO