Function & Adornment with Kate Maury

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Kate Maury shares her techniques for creating highly decorative and ornate, yet functional forms. Beginning with a simple presentation of how to make a press or sprig mold from a found object, Kate moves on to demonstrate a variety of ways to use sprigs beyond their traditional function. Rather than using them in their entirety, she looks for visually interesting components within both commercially manufactured and handmade sprig molds, then pieces these elements together into intricate compositions. Sometimes the sprigs are used on the surface of handbuilt structures, but other times, they become are structure. In addition to demonstrating five unique forms, Kate shares loads of tips and smart handmade tools she has developed that help immensely not just with this type of handbuilding, but with just about any other studio pursuit, as well.

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About the Artist

Kate Maury earned her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Currently, she resides in St. Paul, Minnesota, has a studio at Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis) and is a professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin–Stout. Her work has been exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, and is published in numerous books on ceramic art including 500 Bowls (Lark, 2003) Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface (American Ceramic Society, 2008) by Robin Hopper. Kate has taken part in two residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation and multiple residencies at Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute. Most recently, she completed a residency at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. To learn more about Kate and see images of her work, please visit

  • Angie W.

    Very inspiring! I would love to know If she smooths out the raw edges to make them less sharp. Also how many coats of glaze to fill in the gaps between sprigs?

  • Jennifer H.

    Thanks for bringing the misaligned audio to our attention. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything we can do about it because it is misaligned in the edited file, and we do not archive the raw footage. We apologize for the less-than-ideal viewing experience in chapter 7!

  • Margot P.

    This is really interesting and really different! Very enjoyable and informative. However, FYI, the sound and video don’t match up in Chapter 6, and are really far enough off that it is quite distracting – otherwise I wouldn’t mention it. Thanks so much for making and distributing all these wonderful videos!

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