Marcelle Glock, also known as the Mad Mud Slinger, demonstrates her pottery and clay work at the Sooke Fine Arts Show last Friday.
It was a first for the 37 year old, who is from Mudge Island located between Gabriola Island and Nanaimo.
“The volunteers, they are so warm, friendly, accommodating, and I think that’s been the biggest (enjoyment),” Glock says.
Seeing the work of other artists has been inspiring, she adds.
“I get inspired by the glasswork, the paintings, the fibres, just the creative energy that’s everywhere.”
Glock’s work is a mixture of functional pottery and ornate clay sculptures.
“I merge the two, like a sculpture might have a slight purpose or something that’s functional might be quite ornate,” she says of her work.
What makes her work stand out is that every piece is wood-fired.
“There’s a certain type of surface beauty that you can really only get from wood-firing,” Glock says.
Although Glock has had an interest in art since a young age, she didn’t focus on pottery and clay work until she was about 18 years old, when she apprenticed with a master potter from Gabriola Island.
To learn more about Glock and her work, visit www.madmudslinger.com.
– Brittany Lee