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Maria Stone

I’m a Richmond based ceramic artist who creates functional and decorative wares under my brand Butternut Press. Instead of throwing pottery on a wheel, my work is created using rolled slabs of clay or by pinching and molding by hand. These slow and intentional handbuilding techniques give each piece a whimsical—and one of a kind—character.

I love folklore and our natural inclination for storytelling, and it inspires much of my work. Complex themes like reproduction and decay are conveyed through simple, relatable moments that are created, borrowed and shared.

After graduating in 2012 with BAs in Art History and Studio Art (concentrating in painting and drawing) from the University of Mary Washington, I apprenticed under Jeff Vick in the ceramics studio at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. My work has been exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (VA Beach, VA), The Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh, PA), American Craft Council Show (Baltimore, MD), The Clay Center of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA), and more. I’m currently teaching adult classes and workshops on a variety of ceramic techniques at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.