Maggie Beyeler has been making ceramic art since 1987 when she chose to focus her life’s work on making beautiful objects for everyday use. From 1990-1993, she studied ceramics formally at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she received a Masters Degree in ceramic art. Since that time she has migrated from the high country of the Rocky Mountains to the desert outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. For the past 16 years, she has operated Magpie Pottery out of her home studio and taught numerous classes and workshops at colleges and community clay centers in the area.
The focus of her work highlights a continuing interest in the textural/surface possibilities of clay, along with forms and imagery that refer to the natural world. She utilizes both slabs and wheel-thrown forms to construct work which is loose, lively and visually interesting. It has always been important to her to let the clay speak; to allow for its fluidity, sensuousness, and spontaneity. In the last five years, she has investigated the use of laser-toner transferred images to enhance the surface quality of her porcelain tableware, while engaging her continual love of collage. All of her work is made from a white stoneware/porcelain clay body and then electric-fired to a mid-range cone 6 temperature.
Magpie Pottery can be seen at various art shows and fairs throughout the Southwest and at the bi-annual Contemporary Clay Fair in Santa Fe. Maggie’s work is also featured in numerous publications including Sunset Magazine, Ceramic Review, and Lark Publication’s ever-popular 500 Series.