Marie Woo, photo by Jeff Cancelosi
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Marie Woo

Marie Woo is a ceramicist, curator and researcher, Asian clay historian, glaze alchemist, and conceptual photographer. She was born in Seattle, Washington, in 1928. She received her BA from the University of Seattle, Washington, her MFA from Cranbrook Acadamy, and lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan. In 2016, she had her first retrospective show at the Robinson Gallery in the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center, and completed a long-term research project on Chinese Folk Pottery that has become a national travelling exhibit.


Cover, Vol. 20, No. 1, 1991
Experiences that began in Japan have taken years to digest. In Japan I discovered the timeless quality of a traditional and ancient society.
Chinese Folk Pottery has a vitally rich and a continuously long tradition. The simple, unpretentious forms crafted with intuitive aesthetics and unconscious skill have evolved and distilled through the centuries.
Entrance to Dragon Kiln, Guizhou
My recent China experience has been immense, and the influences seem elusive, but with the flow of time an unconscious expression may prevail.
In 2007 a group of American potters was invited to a residency program at Fuping, in Shaanxi, China. This is the location of the International Ceramic Art Museum, a large tile-factory complex occupying many acres of fruit-orchard land.