I enjoy combining historic influences from different eras and from different cultures and their pottery. I am most often inspired by the art of Minoan Palaceware because of its history and its feeling of celebration: it made a social occasion feel more special. I experience a similar festive feeling when using English China cups.
I like to develop a variety of techniques in my ceramic art, in its surface treatments, firing atmospheres, and with unique forms.
Being Canadian, I am submerged in a culture of layers: layers of clothing, ready for any weather change; geological layers of earth and rock formations; layers of our many current cultures; and layers of history. This has provided me many rich influences from which to draw, from that of Native Canadian, to Iranian, to Chinese and Minoan, especially in their actual pottery formation, but also in surface treatments. I show this layering effect by combining forms as a set, or by using surface treatments that are sometimes blurred, as if through time and weather.
My intention is to create pieces that reach out to people in a personal way, providing them comfort on a rainy evening, or the memory of a poignant moment. This can partly occur through the function of the object. I enjoy making bowls, cups, vases; the things of everyday use; the pieces that people can relate to most often; the pieces that people can befriend.
Carol McGarry graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and completed her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Toronto, Ontario. In 2009 Carol graduated from the Craft and Design Program at Sheridan College, with a specialization in Ceramics. In the year 2000, Carol founded a pottery studio, which is still running successfully today.
Her pieces are included in personal collections in the United States, England, and Holland, as well as across Canada.