Marjorie Wade of Stillwater, MN, is a studio potter working with stoneware, porcelain and earthenware clays. She earned degrees in psychology and sociology from St. Cloud MN State University in 1978. She began her formal studies of ceramics in 1998 and has taken numerous clay classes, programs and workshops including extensive studies in ceramics at the Northern Clay Center and the University of Wisconsin- River Falls. She managed the pottery studio and taught ceramics at The Phipps Center for the Arts from 2001-2010.
Marj creates pottery for everyday use and embraces simplicity in each piece. Her work is inspired and influenced by the pottery and artifacts from primitive cultures, particularly those of Africa and prehistoric Japan. She finds that it is by incorporating the textural elements and qualities from these traditions that allows aspects of these cultures to be part of the world today. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, including Pots & Prints, ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater, MN (2014); Grounded in Wisconsin, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Milwaukee WI (2014); and Artifacts from the Inferno: Contemporary Woodfired Ceramics, Baltimore MC. Find her work at www.spiritworkspottery.com, on Facebook and in fine galleries.