I was first introduced to pottery in 1993 in Hong Kong, where we lived when my husband was posted there by a Canadian bank. I learned from the basics of hand building, and then on to the wheel. My instructor, an Australian expatriate, was well known as the frog lady because she often added a frog on her pottery pieces. That inspired me to add a goldfish on my pottery, and I was lucky enough to have a few pieces displayed at the goldfish museum at Ocean Park, Hong Kong. When I was selling my pottery, someone said, ‘oh, so you’re the Mary potter’, it kind of stuck with me. Hence the name ‘themarypotter’.
I’m a small-batch ceramicist of functional and decorative pottery. I have a studio at home where I create mostly one-of-a-kind pieces. I have been attending classes and workshops in Raku which is my all-time favourite style of pottery making.