Marianne Cole

Background
Marianne trained and worked as a laboratory technician at Adelaide University.
To broaden her horizons she travelled around the world visiting many countries. Lured by a job offer she moved to Tucson Arizona. This part of the USA, bordering with Mexico was rich with an abundance of crafts. Local galleries featured American Indian ceramics and just south the Mexican markets were packed with colourful handmade objects. This was an inspiration and would leave a lasting mark. Returning to Australia some years later a change of career was inevitable.

Current practice
In the late seventies Marianne set up a studio adjacent to her home at Crafers in the Adelaide Hills. In 2010 she moved to Mt Jagged, 8km from Pt Elliot on the south coast of Adelaide. The focus of her work has always been on decorative pieces, encouraging her to experiment extensively with glazes and surface treatments. Currently she produces several ranges of work and special exhibition pieces, using her extensive range of glazes and decorating techniques.

Inspiration
Marianne is fascinated and inspired by many ancient cultures and their innate desire to enhance and decorate the most humble domestic items. This desire is also evident in their body painting, colourful clothing, jewellery and other artefacts. Marianne’s work reflects similar desires. She rarely leaves the ceramic surface unadorned using colour and patterns and textures to achieve that end.
Commissions and gifts
Some of Marianne’s work, which has a distinct Australian flavour, is ideally suited for corporate and diplomatic gifts. She regularly supplies gifts to Premiers, Prime Ministers as well as State and Federal governments and their politicians (eg 2007 APEC Conference official gifts for Conferees) as well as local and international corporations, conferences and special events, such as the Australian Tennis Open.

Career Highlights
During her career Marianne has been president of the Potters Guild of South Australia, and served on various boards including the Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide and the Craft Council of SA. Marianne has worked as ‘Artist in Residence’ in Yulara (Australia), JamFactory Craft and Design (SA) and the Sitka Institute in Oregon (USA). In 2005 she was invited by the Potters Society of New Zealand to be the overseas guest speaker and demonstrator at their National Ceramic Conference.

Exhibitions and publications
Marianne’s work has been featured in numerous publications including journals such as American Ceramic Monthly, Ceramic Art and Perception International, Pottery in Australia and many national and international ceramic books. Her work is represented in state galleries and many private collections worldwide.
Marianne exhibits nationally and internationally. Her work is sold in galleries throughout Australia.

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