My name is Miriam McMahon, and I am a part-time potter and stained glass artist, originally from Ireland, but now living in beautiful, leafy Somerset in the southwest of England.

My interest in clay started with an evening class over 20 years ago, which captivated me. That magical transformation by fire, from raw, damp earth to something solid and permanent still fascinates me. I use coiling and handbuilding techniques to make colourful and decorative pots - from buttons to large coiled pots - anything that can be interpreted in clay is fair game.

Another evening class, in stained glass sent me on a whole new path, and I enjoyed exploring the challenges of interpreting my designs in a new material. I use traditional leading and copper foil techniques to make panels and suncatchers.

I am inspired by many things: nature, art nouveau design, oriental painting and ceramics. Early 16c persian ceramics (iznik ware) are a particular inspiration. I love their combination of bright, joyous colours and elegant, organic designs - designs that appear at first to be the work of a moment, but are in fact the result of a very controlled and disciplined design process; this is what I aspire to.

about me