Marymae was a student at Potters School in Warrandyte from 1979 to 2000. Going to classes every Thursday night was therapy for this busy person. She acquired a potter’s wheel and was able to hone her skills at home, enjoying making pots, giving them to family and friends, and sometimes selling them. When she retired from full time work, she began a Diploma of Arts – Ceramics at Holmesglen TAFE, graduating in 2002.
She is a member of Ceramics Victoria.
'I like to make functional pieces which can be used every day. It gives me great pleasure when a friend or customer says, ‘I use your pot every day, and think of you’.'
Marymae’s work includes a range of ceramics, from finely thrown, glazed and decorated functional ware, to ceramic pears decorated in whimsical ways, to TeePee-fired spheres which look like planets, with interesting markings.
She works in white clay, which, when glazed, highlights the colours. Marymae produces a wide range of work - bowls, large and small, beakers, mugs, platters, plates, vases, casserole dishes and bird baths. The simple lines and colours she uses on her pieces accentuate their shapes.
Marymae also exhibits and sells her work at Pottery Expos in Warrandyte and Federation Square.