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Maura Ferrero-Baroni

What clay body do you use?

"I mainly alternate between White Stoneware (B-Mix) and Porcelain."

Primary forming method?

"I started out as a wheel thrower but I also enjoy handbuilding. Lately I have started experimenting with slip casting and made different sized bowls that turned out quite beautiful."

Primary firing temperature?

"Cone 6 – Oxidation"

Favorite surface treatment?

" I enjoy experimenting with texture, color and altering forms."

Favorite Tools?

"Carving Tools"

Describe your studio environment.

"My studio is situated on the 3rd floor of my home with a great view and plenty of light."

How/Where do you market and sell your artwork?

"I sell my work on Etsy, at art/craft fairs and by word of mouth."

What sparks your creativity? What drives you to work with clay?

"I am inspired by my everyday life and what I observe when traveling."              

Did you come to ceramics from a different career? Tell us about your journey to a ceramics career.

      "I have a background in business. In the past I have worked in banking and finance. I currently work as a travel advisor. I have always been drawn to ceramics and in 2001, as a stayed at home mom I took an evening ceramic class for a few months. I was hooked! When I moved to California I took ceramic classes at Saddleback community College in Mission Viejo, and I was a member of the Irvine Fine Arts Center and Showcase Gallery in Santa Ana, CA."

      How have you have taken your experience as a well-established maker in the field and passed that knowledge along to your other artists?

      " I have taught a few classes at my studio."

      What’s the best advice you’ve been given by a fellow maker, mentor, or teacher?

        Strive for excellence, not perfection!"

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        I was born in Switzerland and move to the U.S. in 1992, in my late twenties. I lived in Connecticut and California and moved to Houston at the end of 2015.

        What mostly attracts me to ceramics is the marriage between three art forms; the actual creation of the piece - whether it is wheel throwing or hand building-, the glazing and the firing.

        When creating my artwork, I strive to harmonize the relationship between from, function and nature. My pieces are the result of the use of simple organic forms and I usually stay clear from fussy decorations.

         My current body of work is split between functional and sculptural ceramics.


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