Mary Fox Pottery is a working studio with a gallery that is open to the public. It is also a society and home of the Mary Fox Legacy Project, an initiative created to provide opportunities for young potters to develop their skills and acquire the tools needed to embark on a career in the ceramic arts. The Legacy Project is designed to help the young potters of today through a 2-year apprenticeship program, and the potters of the future through a residency program following Mary’s passing.
In 2020 Mary published her book, My Life as a Potter which is available worldwide and is a fundraiser for her Legacy Project/ Apprenticeship program.
A gorgeous full-colour coffee table book celebrating the art of one of BC’s finest potters, My Life as a Potter recounts Mary Fox’s long journey to the peak of her craft. Part memoir, part coming-of-age story and part handbook for ceramicists, Fox’s narrative expresses the passion she feels for her work and the joy she has found in living the life of a studio potter.
A potter since the early 1970s, Fox is recognized for creating exquisite forms and distinctive textured glazes. She has shown her works internationally and at galleries across Canada. In this book she shares her plans to leave behind a legacy of support and mentorship for young artists, in the form of an artist-in-residence program steered by the Mary Fox Legacy Project Society. Royalties from this book will benefit the project.
Readers with an interest in the technical aspect of Fox’s work will especially appreciate the richly illustrated chapters on technique and artistic process. This book is for anyone who has ever been curious about the life of a professional potter, anyone hoping to become a potter themselves and anyone who believes that art has the power to guide us through life’s myriad challenges and hardships.