Marianne Huhn was born in 1969, Melbourne, Australia.
She began her studies in 1988 at RMIT University and finished her Master of Ceramics in 1998. She has lectured and taught Ceramics at Universities and schools throughout Australia.
Marianne has held several solo shows in Australia and exhibited in more than 30 group exhibitions in Australia, America, and Hong Kong.
She has been acquired by the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and several Regional Galleries in Australia.
Marianne is represented in Australia in Victoria, New South Wales, Perth and the ACT.
Marianne lives in Melbourne, Australia with her partner and two children.
For some time now I have been making functional ceramics that explore and play with architectural themes and text on the surfaces.
Initially I drew historical architecture to refer to the similarities houses, castles, town walls, forts, dwellings have with functional ceramics. The fact that they both contain space within their walls was a visual clue to the narrative/conversation I was attempting to establish.
I am also interested in; how internal space within the walls of castles were divided, how private space was discovered and subsequently how humans developed their sense of privacy. The spaces we live in build and construct our confines, we live concealing or revealing ourselves.
The creation of streets, cities, has also been a fascination of mine, exploring how we divide and mark our territories. I embarked on a lifelong journey to connect form and user through referring to the forms own functionality and our own personal human history.
I continue to make functional pieces by hand, though a long process, because I still believe in the relationships we have with our everyday objects. When I hand throw my forms I intentionally leave the mark of my hand while throwing, inside or outside the pots surface.
This indicates to the user that each pot is individually made and invites the sense of touch. Recently I have concentrated on the maps in our lives, the boundaries we create through land and cultures.
Materials and Techniques
I use a European manufactured Porcelain and throw all the forms off the wheel. Once the pieces are leather hard I draw and scratch into the surface with a fine pointed tool. The line work is then filled with oxides and colours or alternatively, I paint straight onto the surface of each pot. Once the colours or oxides are on, I then work each layer back, to reveal tones and shadow. The pots are then ready to Bisque and following glazing on the interior only, are then fired in a Reduction firing to 1300.