My inspiration for the black and white designs I draw on my pottery comes from three different themes. My daughter has always loved black and white designs. She decorated her room in black and white and drew many designs in basic black. I wanted to create pottery pieces to give to her, something that she would treasure. When visiting the desert southwest I discovered the ancient black on white pottery designs from 1200 AD. Their designs were intricate and beautiful. I was impressed that they created such beauty when life was so demanding. And finally, there is the magic of the Archie Bray. On a cold winter morning everything was covered in hoarfrost rendering the world in muted shades of black and white.
Maureen grew up in Helena, MT enjoying outdoor activities with her family. She pursued a career in Human Resources with the U.S. Forest Service in Helena and upon her retirement she took her first community class at the Archie Bray. Throwing did not resonate with her. Another student suggested handbuilding and as they say, the rest is history. Maureen bonded with the Tuesday morning handbuilders and found her niche. Most days you will find Maureen at the Archie Bray, on a trail hiking with friends, or paddling down a river. Helena is a wonderful place to live.
Maureen Cole is represented in Helena, Montana by 1+1=1 Gallery. Her ceramic art is available for viewing during regular business hours at the gallery located at 434 N. Last Chance Gulch. Please call 406.431.9931 for more information about Maureen’s ceramic art.