Maria Stone is a Richmond- based ceramic artist who creates functional and decorative wares under her brand Butternut Press. She focuses on handbuilding each form and implementing the ‘sgraffito’ technique for decoration. Instead of thrown on a potter’s wheel, each piece is
constructed using slabs, coils and pinching. ‘Sgraffito’ is the process of incising marks through slips or underglazes to reveal the clay beneath.
Typically exploring motifs found in nature, her images form narratives of reproduction, growth and decay. Her work has been exhibited
throughout Virginia and featured in print media, blogs and pop-up shops nationally. She has recently set up a home studio and teaches
ceramic classes at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.