Artist Interviews

Meet Mary Lou Steenrod

Mary Lou Steenrod - Platter
Mary Lou Steenrod – Platter
Please introduce yourself:

I am Mary Lou Steenrod and am a potter living and working in Littleton, Colorado and Morgan, Vermont.

Mary Lou Steenrod - Bowl
Mary Lou Steenrod – Bowl
How many years have you been a member of the Colorado Potters Guild? What does it mean to you to be a member of the Colorado Potters Guild?

As a member of the guild since 1995, I’ve held several board positions and show positions over the years. Whatever I have contributed to the group pales compared to what I have learned from this extraordinary and diverse group. Although we share a love of clay, our backgrounds, aesthetics, and goals vary enough to make the dynamic rich and satisfying. In short, the guild offers me both a social and artistic support system.

Mary Lou Steenrod - Bowl Trio
Mary Lou Steenrod – Bowl Trio
Do you have a formal education in clay/art or how did you acquire your skills?

Before joining the guild, I took classes at local community centers while raising 4 children. My “education” has come primarily from workshops and fellow potters.

Mary Lou Steenrod - Plate
Mary Lou Steenrod – Plate
How do you work (techniques/glazing/firing methods)?

I work in stoneware and porcelain, creating functional pieces on the wheel. Currently I am interested in layering glazes by dipping, spraying, stenciling, underglazing for both high fire and mid-range kiln firings. I also enjoy raku and crystalline techniques.

Mary Lou Steenrod - Chrystalline Vase
Mary Lou Steenrod – Chrystalline Vase
Where do you see your work progressing over the next year?

In the next year I intend to pursue further testing and, hopefully perfecting, the glaze combinations I have been working with recently. I’ll also be developing a new body of work for mid-range firing.

Mary Lou Steenrod - Serving Tray
Mary Lou Steenrod – Serving Tray
Who or what inspires you?

Much of my inspiration come from the beautiful landscapes of Colorado and Vermont.

Mary Lou Steenrod - Chrystalline Vase 2
Mary Lou Steenrod – Chrystalline Vase 2
Where can people find your work? (websites/social media/galleries?)

Currently, My work can be seen at the Roxborough Art Gallery and, of course, the semi-annual show that the Colorado Potters Guild presents. More of my work can also be found on my artist page of this website.