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maggie zerafa

After completing a BA in Craft, Ceramic Design at Monash University Melbourne in 1992 Maggie moved to Japan to embark on a three year apprenticeship studying under the eminent Mashiko artist Ryo Suzuki. Her time there had a profound influence on her life and sent her on a path which she still follows today. She has worked with established potters both in France and Britain eventually opening her own studio on the island of Skye in 2000. Her work is influenced by both Japanese and European traditions of making. She uses glazes in soft natural hues, the reduction firing process making sure each piece is unique. In addition to studio ceramics she designs textiles based on the surface texture of the ceramic pieces and a range of porcelain and silver jewellery. From her workshop in Armadale she is inspired by the views over to the Sound of Sleat and the mountains of Knoydart. Her passion for her art comes from the medium... ‘from the beginning the process of forming objects out of clay has struck me as magical’.