Ceramic artwork by Marie Graves
Available artwork by Marie Graves
Hand Painted Cockerel Lidded Jar - by Marie Graves
Handpainted Lidder Jar Night Owl - by Marie Graves
Hand Painted Kingfisher by The Lake - by Marie Graves
Hand Painted The Deco Owl - by Marie Graves
Marie Graves Favourite Medium
About Marie Graves
Freehand Ceramic Artist
Marie Graves started freehand painting on porcelain and fine bone china at Coalport China in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. They worked mainly on Coalport's prestige pieces, many of which have been sold all over the world.
After leaving Coalport in 1980, Marie became associated with the Gladstone Pottery Museum in Longton. Here she demonstrates the art of free-hand painting on porcelain and fine china. Over the last few years they have been commissioned to paint pieces for presentation to Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret, President Carter of the United States and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
After leaving Colaport China she worked for many years at Staffordshire enamels Ltd transferring her skills over to Moorcroft Enamels in 2000.
From 2000-2006 Marie also worked on commissions for Moorcroft enamels. Now freelance again she is producing designs on pottery and fine bone china as well as freehand paintings for Elliot Hall enamels in Worcester.
Her paintings are inspired by nature, flowers,insects and birds, always including where suitable her trademark lady bird somewhere in the finished piece.
Each piece is freehand painted onto a glaze with metal oxides and fired at 800 degress centigrade fusing the colours into the glaze. this is then repainted and fired again to enhance the colour and add more details this process is repeated upto four times before a final embellishment of 22 carat gold or platinum at 750 centigrade is done to complete most pieces.
Many of their commissions today include portraits of dogs, cats, houses, yachts and horses. They take great pride in producing pieces that will become tomorrow's antiques and they feel that their free-hand painted china and porcelain will be passed on to the next generation of discerning collectors with pride.