Mary Goetz - Exhibiting Artist
A sampling of Mary's work
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Mary spent the past 34 years teaching Middle school and High school art. In retirement, full-time throwing on the potter's wheel has become her dream come true. After a trip to Moab, Utah Mary became fascinated with the Navajo technique for creating "Horse Hair" pottery. This firing process uses the hair of animals to create intricate imprints on the clay. Each hand thrown piece is pulled from the kiln while glowing red hot (1400 degrees). Horse hair, pet hair, bird feathers and other organic materials are placed on the surface and spontaneously ignite. The black designs are the carbon that is left behind. No two patterns are ever alike.