Frances Mackey

In 1970 I started my professional career in Denver, and after many years of side trips, I have returned. In my new studio, I am exploring new shapes and glazes for functional pieces, because even after all these years, I still look forward to each new piece, the firing and the potential for growth.

Watching my father build our home many years ago inspired the series “Memory Pieces”. The very powerful imagery stuck with me, I have tried to convey it in my ceramic houses, some are grouped in found boxes. A finishing touch is the addition of old photographs or clay monoprints.

Over the years, I have made a lot of pots, but with every mug, bowl or house I make comes the thought that this piece will take its place in someone’s home, and it will become one of the objects that makes up their life.

A potter since 1966, I received a degree in ceramics from the Maryland Institute college of Art. I have worked in studios in New Jersey, Michigan and Denver.