Monday, December 14, 2009


Artist: Marney McDiarmid

Thanks to each and every one of you for submitting your ceramic work, and especially Mignon for creating and curating this space. It was a treat to look through your submissions.

For brevity’s sake, a few honorable mentions, including: Mick Marineau’s and Barb Jensen’s whimsically painted animals and natural objects; Judith Duff’s well-glazed, wood-fired square plate; the classic work of Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish; and the distinctive graphic style of Aaron Sober’s painted plates. I liked casbah3d’s earthy corn plates and Frog Ponds Rock’s handbuilt nerikomi platter in white, also.

For me, the one that stood out the most in this collection was Marney McDiarmid’s McBurney Park bowl. (I hope I got your name right). I like the approach of telling the story of a neighborhood using handbuilt, translucent porcelain – which managed to look contemporary and retro at the same time. Good integration between form, style and message. I like the use of archival materials, photographs, relief, decals, oxided imprints and even interviews to build dimension, both visually and narratively. The piece gave me some new inspirations about storytelling through clay. Enjoy your beautiful art piece by Yasha Butler!
-- Leili Towfigh


frog ponds rock... said...

This bowl is lovely, it really appeals to me. Congratulations.

Thanks for the honourable mention, I am thrilled.

I would like to thank Mignon for having this competition. As an emerging artist it was exciting and slightly terrifying to see my work up there along side so many gorgeous plates.

Kim Foale

Mignon said...

Thank you, Kim! I think you'll find that these artists are a gracious and supportive group of people, don't be terrified at all! Must be something in all that mud that they keep plunging their hands into :)

Linda Starr said...

Beautiful, so many layers here that I love discovering, congratulations.

tkceramics said...

The bowls are so creative and beautiful.