Mary Flitcroft is interested in contemplative art and the power of clay in abstract, non-figurative work. She uses porcelain which is fine and light, its fragility is evocative: strength is held in fragility. Clay bears the imprint of what is done to it, carrying the memory of it in the body. The process of making is contemplative to the artist, she takes her time and allows her heart and mind to focus on the subject. The processes begin by rolling the porcelain into very thin sheets. The whiteness of it gives a beautiful surface which can be folded, torn, and cut; marked and coloured with oxides, and stains.
Flitcroft studied ceramics to BA (Hons) at Harrow and Loughborough Colleges of Art (1991-1993). She has had solo exhibitions including those at Sarum College, Salisbury:
‘Journey’, ‘Stopping Places ii’ and Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford: ‘Stopping Places iii’.