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Clay is a part of the earth and I try to show that feeling in my art. I have developed my own glazes to reflect the soft green of the Southwest, the blue hues of the sky, the speckled cream of wheat fields and the browns of dried autumn leaves.
I decorate my wheel-thrown vessels with leaves, grapes, vines and nuts in order to make them appear to be dried, blown and nestled into the clay. The leaves are made in clay from real oak, maple and gingko trees and catnip plants grown at my studio. I fire real leaves into the clay using a fourteen-step, proprietary process that took many years to perfect. Therefore, my quantities are very limited and no two pieces are alike. It takes several months to complete a piece from start to finish.
The pieces I make are both functional and decorative and include small and large bowls, plates, platters, candleholders, candy dishes, vases, wine bottle coasters, mirrors, batter bowls, clay baskets and clay branches with leaves.
My pieces can be purchased wholesale by galleries, retail from galleries, directly from my studio in Mount Horeb or via my Web site. Pieces are shipped worldwide in Studio gift boxes.
Marjorie King is a nationally known clay artist specializing in handmade, one-of-a-kind, nature-themed pottery. She has made Clay Art Pottery since 1976. Her work has appeared in 150 art fairs and 30 shops and galleries in 25 states and 15 countries. Clay Art Pottery is wheel-thrown and decorated with real leaves fired into clay using a fourteen-step proprietary process. It takes about 15,000 hand strokes to finish an average piece. Pieces can only be made during the months when oak, maple, grape, ginkgo, walnut and catnip leaves are in season.
King's work has won many national and state awards, including First Place in Wisconsin Public Television's Art and Antiques Auction (for "Grape Leaf Vase"). She has also been selected as the Commemorative Artist for WPT's 2007 Art and Antiques Auction.
King's work has also been selected by the U.S. National Cultural Arts Exhibition, the Wisconsin Arts Board, the University of Wisconsin, American Players Theatre, World Dairy Exposition, Wisconsin Trails Magazine, NBC-TV News and the Madison Capital Times.