Marion Angelica’s sculptural yet functional works in hand-built, high-fired porcelain offer fresh interpretations of familiar forms. “Porcelain readily records each touch,” the Minneapolis artist states. “I like the challenge of pushing the limits of its tensile strength by bending, folding and applying pressure to it. By doing this, porcelain exhibits both its strength and its fragility. The forms I create seek to combine both order and the unexpected.” In her inventions, layered clay, surface texture, and applied detail are combined with the artist’s unique sensibility.
“I make work that both reminds, and hopefully even entices, people to celebrate the beauty of living,” Marion says. “As functional art, my work is designed to be used when its owners want to mark an occasion or engage in a ritual that enriches their life. The pieces also have a sculptural aspect; each piece is designed to serve as an aesthetic element that will enhance its environment when not in use.”
After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Marion worked in New York City, and was a regular lunch-hour visitor to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She moved on to an Israeli kibbutz and studied at the Bezalel Art School in Jerusalem before returning to the United States. She earned graduate degrees in ceramics from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where the focus was on Japanese pottery traditions, and from the State University of New York-New Paltz, where the artist explored clay as a sculptural medium. During a 20-year hiatus from the studio in the years that she was raising a family, Marion worked in the non-profit sector as an administrator, teacher and writer. She returned to clay in 2007 and is currently a studio artist at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. In recent years, she has participated in exhibitions nationwide.