Maureen Marcotte & David McKenzie – Pas de Deux

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High Fired Porcelain

May 5 – 28, 2017
Opening Reception  Friday May 5, 7 – 9:30pm

McKenzie & Marcotte exhibition invitationMaureen and David have been dancing a pas de deux for almost four decades. Partners in life and in work, they share a home, studio, materials and space in the kiln. They also share an approach to working with clay that involves creating intensely decorated surfaces on a variety of forms. While their intent is similar, their results are entirely unique.

Maureen’s work is well-known for its rich, layered floral patterns that combine an underlying geometric structure with freely applied motifs. In a process that is similar to batik, she layers wax resist and underglazes to build up intricate compositions of leaves, flowers and other natural elements. David is a storyteller, in a Dada sort of way. Over the years, he has built up a vocabulary of images, icons and themes that he scatters across the soft, receptive, unfired porcelain surface with the encouragement to go forth and multiply into poetic narratives.

For the most part, David and Maureen each create their own wheel-thrown or slab-built forms. More recently, they have been collaborating on slip casting, often sharing the moulds they make and the pieces they cast, both decorating the forms using their own distinctive styles and techniques.

Maureen Marcotte and David McKenzie live and work in Wakefield, Quebec, an artistic community in the Gatineau Hills north of Ottawa.

Pas de Deux, potters David McKenzie and Maureen Marcotte

Potters David McKenzie and Maureen Marcotte

Exhibition view of Pas de Deux, photo by Maureen Marcotte

Exhibition view of Pas de Deux (photo by Maureen Marcotte)