“The intent of my ceramic work is to create organic, flowing compositions which serve as lively and useful centerpieces,” states Guerneville, CA clay artist Marge Margulies. “In these random and conscious groupings, which resemble things found in nature, elements of shape are combined, emphasizing fluid forms and rich, subtle color relationships. My work is inspired by such wide-ranging influences as topographical features, flower arrangements, abstract expressionist paintings and my mother’s Danish Modern furniture and Passover dishes. I am constantly striving to make pottery that is substantial yet lighthearted and that adds richness and vitality to any environment.”
Each earthenware piece is wheel thrown, then altered by pushing and stretching and painted with custom colored glazes. Working with a diverse palette, Marge intends that her pieces be mixed and matched at the table and keeps compatible color combinations in mind. While the work is food safe and dishwasher safe, the artist recommends only light use in the microwave.
Marge earned a BFA in ceramics from the Philadelphia College of Art, spending a year studying abroad at the Tyler School of Art in Rome. She worked as a studio potter in the Philadelphia for 27 years before moving to Northern California in 2008. She regularly participates in national exhibitions including the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Crafts at the Castle in Boston, the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver and the Sausalito Art Festival.