Mary-Ann Prack (Canadian)
Mary-Ann was drawn to clay as a sculpture medium for many reasons; from the discovery of its unlimited potential for creative expression to the fulfillment that comes with having a complete, personal control over every stage of the artistic process. For the past 30 years she has worked with clay as a pure sculpture medium. There is nothing traditional about her approach to or use of clay in terms of design, scale, or finish techniques. She has continually strived to design and construct sculptures that are distinctive, colorful, precise and with geometric purity of form and surface detail. Mary-Ann hand builds each piece using a specially formulated clay body that has a stone-like hardness, strength and consistency suitable for large-scale construction. After the first bisque firing she applies glazes and stains in much the same manner as a painter approaches a new canvas, and fires once again to attain the final colors and surface patterns. On occasion, she uses “cold-colors” and metallic oxides to obtain a specific surface treatment.
Prack began her formal fine art education at the University of Guelph in Ontario; continued at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and Florida Atlantic University where she studied both fine art and interior design. From this extensive arts foundation, she developed figurative sculpture that transforms the visual language of form, color, line, and texture into what are, for her, serious but spirited and elegant abstractions of the human form.