When you mix nature, texture and color together you get the breathtaking porcelain art of Mairi Stone. She is deeply influenced by the unique beauty of nature. Nature provides an array of colorful pallets, rich textures and whimsical combinations. Her colorful framed artwork, and colorful bowls and dishes might just be the household accessories you’ve been looking for! Below is an interview with Mairi, find out what inspires her work and be sure to follow her on social media to see all the new work and swing by her shop if your in need of some home decor accents.
The colorful textured porcelain dish above is available for purchase in her online shop.
Can you tell us about your work, when did you start creating?
I create nature inspired ceramics using porcelain paperclay and then I fuse glass in to the pieces. I have loved playing with clay right from my early days making crafts on the kitchen table with my parents. I fell totally in love with this medium when I did a night course at a pottery back in 1982. I started playing with it again in 2000 when I moved to Ireland and officially became self employed as a ceramic artist in 2004.
How would you describe your home decor style?
Eclectic, recycled, repurposed and cosy. I have a fair amount of other artists work, most of which I swapped for some of mine. I’m also an avid collector of anything curious I find in nature, much of the patterns and textures that I find in these end up in my work.
What inspires you when you get in a rut?
Getting out in nature. Either a good long walk or a day in the garden. Those are my favourite things to do. But really it’s all about just going and doing something else, switching off from work. I work at home and it’s too easy to just keep working so I have to be quite strict about taking time off.
What colors do you enjoy using in your art the most and why?
I like vibrant colours and use a good mix of them from pinks and purples to blues and greens. I occasionally put some red, orange and yellow in the mix too. Those particular colours fire at a different temperature to the rest so I don’t do them so often. I tend to steer clear of pastels and muted colours.
Where do you create most of your work, what is your space like?
I took over one of the bedrooms in the house as my studio. It is purely practical. Ceramics can be a dusty business so I don’t fill it with pretty things that would need dusting, they go in the rest of the house, but I do have two big windows so I only have to look outside for inspiration.
Name 3 crafters, artists or designers that you follow and love their work…
Oh my goodness, only three! There are so many artists work that I love, it seems unfair to only pick three. But I love…
Heather Knight’s work @elementclaystudio beautiful ceramics and watching her journey over the years has inspired and informed my own.
Courtney Mattison @courtneycoral a sculptural ceramicist who’s coral inspired work is just fabulous.
Autumn Skye @autumnskyeart her paintings are just amazing.
Colorful textured porcelain dishes above are for sale in her online shop, just send her a message to see what colors are currently available.
What are your favorite items decorating your home and why?
Other peoples art and my little nature collections. I love them all because they all inspire me and remind me of friends and the beauty of nature.