Driving America's Art Scene - Hunterdon County, NJ USA

Marian van Buren

Marian van Buren

Ceramics

Working in clay fulfills a lifetime’s search for personal expression, for individual freedom, and most of all, for the world’s best playground. Pottery has been part of my life for as long as I can remember, with hands-on exploration starting in high school when I apprenticed for a summer with a potter on Cape Cod. Even then I knew there was something soul-satisfying about playing in the mud. As an adult, working with clay began in parallel with a more conventional, corporate life, then grew at an irresistible rate until I left behind the left-brained world , immersing myself completely in the world of ceramics.

Inspiration for my work comes from everywhere: marsh plants unfurling from tight folds in spring, elaborate lichens creating prehistoric patterns on granite boulders, the silhouette of a Snowy Owl perched on a jagged stump. Transforming these sights from vision, to imagination, to clay creates endless possibilities: exploring the blend of form and function, indulging in flights of fancy, confronting the complex challenges of construction in my more elaborate work, learning and relearning the unpredictable dance between glaze and flame. Each project is a new game, each day another day on the playground. And while the act of creation itself is immensely and richly satisfying, my hope is that one of my pieces will set off a flicker of fun in your spirit, or a quiet moment of peace in your heart, so you can share in my delight.