Local Artist – Mary Wyatt
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Local Artist Mary Wyatt Many of you may already know Mary Wyatt as she is not only a prolific artist she is also one of the organisers for Felixstowe’s much loved annual events – Art on the Prom. Here’s Mary to tell us more about herself and what inspires her art.
When did your career in the arts first begin?
Though I have worked as a secondary school art teacher for thirty-two years, for the last fifteen years I have worked in Farlingaye High School, W oodbridge. There I taught students from Year 7 to Year 13 and I left teaching in 2006 to focus on my own work. I now work from my studio at home in Felixstowe.
What techniques do you work with?
I fire in an electric kiln, but I have also experimented for about five years with glazing in a raku kiln. This is a type of low-firing process, which is powered with gas. It was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. I have recently bought a pyrometer which measures high temperatures for this kiln, which will enable me to do some more detailed work on glazes and reduction methods with copper glazes. I am constantly experimenting with colours and glazes which is all very absorbing and interesting and I feel very privileged to be able to do this.
Tell us about your recent work.
My recent work is on a larger scale and I am working with more texture using a hot air gun to dry clay into position. This al lows more flexibility and speeds up making the basic structure. It sounds lovely.
Are you involved in any art events in Felixstowe?
I am one of the main organisers of Art on the Prom Felixstowe which is a great event and helps to promote local artists and the town of Felixstowe. I enjoy working with the artists, entertainers, caterers and local people who make this event so vibrant. I am a member of Anglian Potters and take part in their exhibitions in Cambridge twice a year. I am also a member of Ipswich Art Society and have exhibited with them in Ipswich. My work is on show at Snape Maltings and the Taplin Gallery in W oodbridge. I am taking part in an exhibition at the Naze Tower in Walton this summer. I am taking part in Suffolk Open Studios in June and my studio will be open to visitors 6/ 7th, 13/ 14th, 20/ 21st, 27/ 28th June from 11am – 5pm.