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My standard Two-Bit Bio goes a little something like this:

About the artist: Mary Ober lives on a farm in rural NH and works out of a small studio next to her kitchen. She loves the ocean, she loves the mountains and she hates mayonnaise. When she was a young girl she liked cheese sandwiches and pretended to be a jaguar. She made a papier-mâché sloth in the sixth grade. She likes to raise vegetables, look at bugs, and entertains herself with witty remarks that people sometimes find questionable. Mary lives with her exceedingly understanding husband and their unsociable cat.

And it’s true. Especially the mayonnaise part. I’m afraid I’m what some people call a “personality”.

Like many fellow 'Etsians', I’ve always liked art. I came into clay while I was in college. I took a throwing class…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 25
  • Joined November 28, 2009

Favorite materials

clay, glaze

About

My standard Two-Bit Bio goes a little something like this:

About the artist: Mary Ober lives on a farm in rural NH and works out of a small studio next to her kitchen. She loves the ocean, she loves the mountains and she hates mayonnaise. When she was a young girl she liked cheese sandwiches and pretended to be a jaguar. She made a papier-mâché sloth in the sixth grade. She likes to raise vegetables, look at bugs, and entertains herself with witty remarks that people sometimes find questionable. Mary lives with her exceedingly understanding husband and their unsociable cat.

And it’s true. Especially the mayonnaise part. I’m afraid I’m what some people call a “personality”.

Like many fellow 'Etsians', I’ve always liked art. I came into clay while I was in college. I took a throwing class and fell in love. PSC had a great facility and a great faculty and I soon enrolled in the Fine Arts program, graduating with a focus in ceramics. That was 4 years ago now.

But it’s only been within these past couple of years that I feel I’ve developed any personal style and setting up studio in my husband’s family farmhouse has been pivotal. Not only has it provided me a space to regularly produce ware (the first since college), but the greater context of my surroundings -the dirt road, my father-in-law’s farm, the quiet peacefulness here- have all come to influence my work. I’ve become interested in form, texture and imagery that reflect ideas of self-reliance, tradition, and slow, simple country livin’. I make pots to offer a little something to connect to, a pause amidst the frenzy, a small moment to breathe and celebrate joy.

That and I like to make things out of clay.

Most of my work begins on the potters wheel and each unique piece is individually handmade. Some items are altered, while many others are hand-carved and/or added to with raised detailing. Functional items have been tested for microwave safety.

In addition to my shop here on Etsy, my work can be found locally at Artistic Roots in Plymouth, NH.

You can find out more about me, the pots and the process through Facebook at www.facebook.com/mary.ober Come join the fun!

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