Marcelle Glock is a ceramic artist working from her studio on remote Mudge Island, near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, B.C. Born in southern Alberta in 1974, Marcelle took an interest in clay at an early age and has never strayed far from the material. In 1996 she earned a Fine Arts Diploma, specializing in ceramics, at Malaspina College on Vancouver Island, before completing an informal 10-year-long apprenticeship with Master wood fire potter and kiln builder, Graham Sheehan.
During her time at Malaspina she was introduced to the exciting and mysterious world of wood fired ceramics. The original version of Nanaimo’s Tozan Dragon Kiln was being built by the famous Yukio Yamamoto on a hillside, only steps away from her campus residence. The apprenticing years brought much diverse knowledge and experience in the wood fire tradition, and culminated with the construction of the Mad Mud Slinger wood fire kiln on Mudge Island. Mad Mud Slinger pottery and sculptures exist in many private collections around the globe. One of Marcelle’s notable commissions involved the design and creation of interim communion chalices for Christchurch Cathedral in Vancouver, B.C.
Holding a background in functional production ware, today she emphasizes merging utility with the ornate and precision with the accidental in one-of-a-kind pieces. Marcelle continues to respect the integrity of the medium and the elements, and her work recalls a sense of delight, wonder, and reverence toward the natural world.