Painter and Sculptor
Mary Gottlieb lives in Ein Hod, Israel, and is a member of this village of artists.
After receiving a Fine Arts MA in ceramics and tapestry from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Mary worked in the states and Israel as a stoneware sculptress and potter , which included commissions of large ceramic walls . In California , she worked as a collagraph and monotype printmaker ar Fort Mason in San Francisco and was a memeber of the California Society of Printmakers.
The collagraphs entail a particularly interesting process: the plate is made from modeling paste, cloth, leather, and cardboard. The plates are then inked up and run through an etching press. The possibilities for a variety of textures and colors are endless. Mary often incorporates her prints into collages. These are often coated with a lacquer-like resin to give them a seamless, sealed finish. There is no need to cover the collage with glass as the finish requires only a soft, damp cloth to clean it. The framing is part of the piece.
Mary’s latest interest is gourds. She grows them and has a variety of shapes and sizes to choose from for her creations. She makes vessels as well as sculptures from these gourds and has recently begun a series of framed masks. Her influences are African, Native American as well as folk art from around the world. She has created a series of tongue-in-cheek divas which will bring a smile to your face.
The furniture usually starts as a found object which is repaired when needed and enhanced with paint and collage. It is colorful and fanciful and brings life to any decor.
The jewelry is made with polymer clay, “new clay”, and is an extension of Mary’s love of clay.
All of her work brings found objects (recycled) together with other material to create in addition to beauty, humor and whimsy.