ceramic dessert plate
7" diameter, 3/4" deep
My parents moved fourteen times before I turned twenty. I loved moving around. Visiting new places imbued me with a thirst for discovery which is a sensation I seek in my work with clay. I create hand-built pieces, some functional and some sculptural, out of porcelain. I aim for a sense of grace and whimsy in my pieces, aspiring to create objects that feel personal and intimate, that enliven everyday life and communicate a sense of joy and story.
I took my first pottery class when I was eighteen years old and since then I’ve learned primarily from generous mentors, workshops, and residencies. I have a Masters in oral history, completed five years of a PhD in Cultural Studies, and for many years worked as an HIV/AIDS educator. These other life paths emerge in my artwork through themes of place, justice, and identity.
Marney McDiarmid loves to teach and has facilitated workshops across the country. You can find her work online at makeanddo.ca, at www.marneymcdiarmid.com, and in person at galleries in Toronto, Ottawa, Almonte and Kingston. Marney’s work has appeared in the Lark book 500 Prints on Clay and in the National Post. In 2017 she was awarded “Best in Show” at the FUSION Clay and Glass exhibit in Toronto, ON. She is a recent recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant and will travel to Hawaii in the winter of 2020 to research a new body of work.
In 2019 her work was shown at Wall Space (Ottawa), Bonspiel (NCECA 2019), the Saskatoon Arts Council, and the FUSION Fireworks! touring exhibition and in the winter of 2020 she exhibited in the Lobby Vitrine of the Gardiner Museum.