Ann Mallory


Artist Statement

“I favor clean volumes, minimal surface decoration and rightness of scale, which promotes a sense of well being, serenity, and interior balance auspicious for thought.”

Ann Mallory’s ceramic and bronze Contemplation Vessels express three dimensionally a focus on the quiet, spiritual essence of containment. Her ceramic Casings are inspired by the self-excreted or self-constructed protection many insects create for metamorphosis to occur. The Ceramic and Iron Sculptures frame the beauty of fruit, and unseen spaces between fruit, piled in containers. The iron is a three dimensional sketch defining the space within which to consider the lusciousness of these forms. All of her work celebrates the ceremonial, contemplative, reverential needs of humans to have objects that elevate the rituals of living, focus the powers of meditation, and add the strength of beauty to their souls.

Natural form and texture, and the human emotions it evokes, are a never-ending source of inspiration. Though many of the Contemplation Vessels can contain water and be placed in the garden for meditation or to attract birds, Mallory makes her work to have presence, to be enough when alone.

The memory of a wet, plastic beginning on the potters’ wheel is evident in much of the work as well as the textural stretch marks in clay handled on the brink of collapse. Work skillfully shaped with very soft clay allows for extremes of manipulation but also requires considerable risk taking and planning ahead. Pieces often receive multiple firings to achieve the unique glazes and sensuous textures. Both Eastern and European throwing techniques are used in achieving a forthright dignity and substantiality in the Contemplation Vessels, forms that are often reminiscent of ancient sentinel boulders, offering themselves to hold ruminations as well as rain, leaves, sunlight and shadow.

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Selected Exhibitions

New Porcelains, Behnke-Doherty Gallery, Washington Depot, CT, 2012

60 Artists / 60 Years, Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT, juried, 2012

Tao Water Gallery, Barnstable & Provincetown, MA 2012
Behnke Doherty Gallery Winter Invitational, Washington Depot, CT 2012
‘Echo of Inner World’, Tao Water Art Gallery, Barnstable & Provincetown, MA 2011
Brush + Clay: Innovative Translations, Alliance for Visual Arts Gallery, Lebanon, NH 2011
'Pathways to Serenity' Behnke Doherty Gallery, Washington Depot, CT 2010
'Brush + Clay: Continuous Passion' Minor Memorial Gallery, Roxbury, CT 2010
'Trialogue: Three Artists In Visual Conversation' Fairfield Arts Council, Fairfield, CT 2010

“Ancient Power of Wordless Emotions,” Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID 2009

'Celebrating Five Years- Holiday 2008' Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT 2008 - 09

'New Work', Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, TN, 2008

'Summer 2008' Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT

‘The Habit of Stillness’, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA 2007

‘Spring at Argazzi Art’, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT 2007

‘Creating in Clay, Creating in Color’, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT 2006

‘Sanctuaries of Balance’, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID 2006

‘Vessels of Contemplation’, Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, TN, 2005

‘Photo Sensitive’, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT, 2005

‘Sustained Resonance’, Southern California Art Projects & Exhibitions, Corona Del Mar, CA, 2004

‘Next Step’, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT 2004

‘Form of Thought’, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA 2004

Washington Art Association, Washington, CT, 2004

Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT, 2003

‘Art: The Essence of Wellbeing', New Arts Gallery, Litchfield, CT, 2003

'Quiet Reductions', Minor Memorial Library Gallery, Roxbury, CT, 2003

Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID, 2003

Elements Show, Tesoro, Los Angeles, CA, 2003

Chicago ACC Exhibition, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, 2002 & 2003

Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2002

Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2001

Art House II, Newport Beach, CA, 1994

Art House I, Laguna Beach, CA, 1993

Art in Architecture, Monarch Bay, CA, 1992

American Craft at the Armory, New York, NY, 1991

Lone Pine Gallery, Irvine, CA, 1990

Lee Sclar Gallery, Morristown, NJ, 1985

Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 1984

Arlington Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, 1984

Santa Barbara Arts Festival, Santa Barbara, CA, 1984

Arlington Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, 1983

Santa Barbara Arts Festival, Santa Barbara, CA, 1983

Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, 1982

Vermont State Crafts Center, Windsor, VT, 1980

Alliance for the Visual Arts, Hanover, NH, 1980

Franklin County Arts Council Gallery, Greenfield, MA, 1979

Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts, Hanover, NH, 1977-79

Museum Group Exhibitions

Bruce Museum, 1st Place Sculpture, 311h Annual Outdoor Arts Festival, Greenwich, CT, October 2012

Bruce Museum juried invitational 30th Annual Outdoor Arts Festival, Greenwich, CT 2011
‘Best in Show’ award, Westport 38thAnnual Fine Arts Festival, Westport, CT 2011
University of Connecticut, Danbury, exhibition of WAA, curator Darby Cardonsky 2010

Bruce Museum juried invitational Outdoor Arts Festival, Greenwich, CT 2008: 2nd place sculpture

Gunn Memorial Library and Historic Museum, WAA 55th Anniversary Show, Washington, CT 2007

Bruce Museum juried invitational Outdoor Arts Festival, Greenwich, CT, 2006

Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury CT, juried biennale 'The Connecticut Vision' 2004

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 'UnforgeTABLES,' Los Angeles, CA, 1991

Santa Barbara Museum of Fine Art, Santa Barbara, CA, 1985

T.W. Wood Museum of Fine Art, Montpelier, VT, 1979, *Museum Prize

Fleming Museum of Fine Art, University of VT, Burlington, VT, 1979

Brattleboro Museum of Fine Art, Brattleboro, VT, 1979

International Exhibitions

Selected for 12th & 13th Annual International Sculpture Exhibition Peace Arch Park, US/Canadian Boundary Park between Washington and British Columbia, 2009 & 2010

Selected for 12th Annual International Sculpture Exhibition Peace Arch Park, US/Canadian Boundary Park between Washington and British Columbia, 2009

SALZBRAND, Juried exhibit of salt glaze ceramists, Koblenz, West Germany, 1983

Public, Private, & Corporate Collections, selected list

KB Home Collection, Los Angeles, CA

Gwen Laurie Smits Collection, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Santa Barbara County Museum of Fine Art

Carol Valentine, Montecito, CA

Emily Rose, Great Barrington, MA

Judge and Mrs. Ronald George, Los Angeles, CA

Fran Bronson, New York City, NY

Betty Lee Stern, New York City, NY

Catherine Randolph, Ridgefield, CT

Mr.&Mrs. Alan Rothenberg, Los Angeles, CA

Mr.&Mrs. Van der Marck, Coconut Grove, FL

Markell Brooks, Pacific Palisades, CA

AVCO Financial Services, Inc. permanent collection, Irvine, CA

Michael & Priscilla Goldfarb, Garrison. NY

Pamela & Raymond Hill, Kennsington CT

Jeanmaire Weinstein, San Francisco, CA

Public Art Experience

'Confluence: an act of coming together', 8.5'H x 38' long steel & ceramic wall sculpture, Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT, February 2010.
After School Art Projects, 1999-2001, leading the 'MOOSAIC' project, decorating with glass and ceramic a life-size fiberglass cow on permanent display in the Shepaug Regional Middle & High School, Washington, CT


Bolton Insurance Co., headquarters Pasadena, CA, 52’ steel & ceramic wall sculpture, installed Sept. 2011

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Sale, 1982, 1983 & 1984

Professional Associations

Board Member Washington Art Association, Washington, CT, 1997-2000, 2012 - current

Board Member Washington Art Association, Washington, CT, 1997-2000

Art in the Schools Committee Chair, Washington Art Association, 1996-2002

Publications, selected list

Ceramics Monthly, "Upfront", January 2008

Ceramics Monthly, “Upfront”, December 2003

Litchfield County Times, "Forms of Life In Roxbury", Fri. Aug. 1, 2003,

Ceramics Monthly, September, Vol 50, #7, 2002

House and Garden, July issue, 1986

Studio Potter, article on designing for the ram press, Vol 15, #1, Dec, 1987

Craft Connection, “Quest for Form,” Minnesota Crafts Council, Vol 7, #2, 1981

Industrial Experience

1995 to 2001: Principal Designer and Production Consultant for Americaware, a hand-painted ceramic dinnerware manufacturer based in Los Angeles, CA.

1985-95: Owner, Principal Designer, and Manager: A. Mallory of California, a hand-painted dinnerware design & manufacturing company; experience in all phases of production, national distribution, marketing and sales. Clients included: Donna Karan, Ethan Allen, Neiman Marcus, LS Collection, Crate&Barrel, William Sonoma, Nature Co.

Teaching Experience

Washington Art Association, 2003 – 2007

After School Arts Program, Shepaug School District, Washington, CT, 1998-2001

Gunnery Preparatory School, Washington, CT, 1995-96

Adult Education, Danville, CA, 1974


Parson School of Design, summer in Japan, 1981

Karen Karnes, Vermont, 1980 & 1982

Frans Wildenhain, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1978 & 1979

Marguerite Wildenhain, 1974

Stanford University, BA, Palo Alto, CA, 1971

Susan Peterson, University of Southern California, 1968

News and Press

New England Home Magazine Connecticut - Summer 2016