Mariam Cullum - mariam cullum ceramics
i have been making ceramics for about 18 years. All my work is thrown on the potter's wheel and is focused for the most part on functional ware. The endless possibilities that exist within the vessel form are challenging and exciting and towards this end I want to make pottery that can be used and enjoyed in domestic life.
I work predominantly in Limoges porcelain. Clay is at its most sensitive when freshly thrown and I find it fascinating to transform and alter a thrown form and try to capture the movement and energy within the clay.
My inspiration comes from the Indian, African and Arabic cultural backgrounds that I am fortunate to have. Arabic calligraphy lends well to the altered form and I use it not only as an art form but also to provide movement that I want to evoke in my work. Sometimes the words that I write on the pots convey a universal message of peace, harmony and tolerance towards mankind. I decorate my work using various techniques including painting and printing with oxides and slips, sgrafitto and ceramic digital transfers. Ultimately I strive to produce work that not only works well for its intended function but is also visually stimulating and tactiley rewarding.