Margaret MacLean is a ceramic artist living in Bellevue, Washington. She has been working in clay for 20+ years, and enjoys the tactile and versatile nature of the material. Her art is inspired by natural, organic forms. Margaret loves exploring texture, so her ceramics are tactile and entice viewers to touch them. When creating a piece, she starts with an idea in mind and lets form and presence emerge as she works. It is often something unexpected. She is fascinated by the repetitive patterns found in nature. Repetition is key to her process. She enjoys the meditative aspect of making and attaching each piece to the basic form, creating pattern and movement. Much of her exploration is influenced by her love of nature and in particular sea life, having grown up on the west coast of British Columbia.
Margaret received her BFA in Visual Arts, Ceramics from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. Upon graduating she maintained a studio practice and exhibited her art in local galleries. She also worked for many years in arts education, creating and managing arts programs at the college level, which connected her passion for the arts and for helping people find their unique creative expression.
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