McDiarmid uses found materials and photographs to build pieces that tell stories and flirt with practicality.
Marney McDiarmid is a ceramic artist who lives and works in Kingston, Ontario. For more than a decade, she has created one-of-a-kind, slab-built pieces known for their grace, their whimsy and their unusual beauty. She uses found materials and photographs to build pieces that tell stories and flirt with practicality.
McDiarmid has developed her style through residencies at Medalta (2006) and the Craft Council of Newfoundland (2003). She has exhibited extensively in the Kingston area, as well as at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and retails her work in galleries in Toronto and Ottawa. Her work was published in Print on Clay, Lark Books, March 2012.
The vessels are phenomenally light and often translucent, encouraging the people who hold them to slow down and find pleasure in the small details of everyday life. Marney has a passionate commitment to social justice issues, in particular the issue of HIV/AIDS. When not in her pottery studio, she likes to cook, canoe-trip and spend time with her family. She is happy to live in a city where all the basic necessities of life are within walking distance.