Mara Superior (Contemporary)

Mara Superior is known for works based on traditional forms, using sprigging and under glaze decoration on press molded or slab built wares that are strongly influenced by Superior’s interest in traditional American folk imagery, travel and politics. With the exception of her early ceramics, all her work is porcelain fired in a gas kiln. Her pieces range from plates, platters, bowls, tulipières and figurines to larger sculptural pieces. Each form serves as a canvas for her elaborate, intricate under glaze painting.
The autobiographical narratives she presents in her work address themes including the home as a valued place, filled with happiness and love, travel and animals.
She frequently incorporates birds and fish which appear in relation to her themes. Beginning in 2007 the artist started creating a series of works
with strong political themes.

Mara Superior was co-founder of Pinch Pottery/Ferrin Gallery
in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Public Collections
American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, California
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut
Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachsetts
White House Collection at the Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, Arkansas

Recent Examples at Auction