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Mary Farrell

Biography to Display: 

Born 1955 Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

EDUCATION

1976 BFA Ceramics, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1977 Potter, Westmoore Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

 

BIOGRAPHY

Mary Farrell is known for earthenware pots using the surface technique of slip trailing. Farrell uses local red clay and decorates with simple slip designs to express her interest in the historical pottery of North Carolina and replicate the wares of 17th, 18th, and early 19th century pottery.

Farrell met her husband, sculptor David Farrell, in 1977, while working at Jugtown Pottery. They opened Westmoore Pottery that same year in Seagrove, North Carolina.

Born Mary Livingston, Farrell is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and moved to Durham, North Carolina with her family when she was two years old. From an early age, Farrell had an interest in clay and began taking classes at ten years old. Her mother, Bertha, would also take her to visit potters in the Seagrove and Sanford area.

 

Public Collections

 

 

 

Center for CraftCenter For Craft

 

 

AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks

 “Westmoore” hand signed, printed.

1985
Covered Jar
Date: 1985
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Slip Trailing
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.214.ab, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.214.ab, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 24, 2022. http://themarksproject.org:443/marks/farrell-0