Marianne Brown-Mize learned to throw pots at the Indianapolis Art League, spent one year studying at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in TN, and went on to receive her B.F.A. from the Memphis College of Art. She has also taken classes at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.
Marianne works in stoneware clay and fires her functional pottery in a gas kiln that she built herself. Her inspiration comes from ancient motifs and symbols as well as contemporary designs. She decorates her work with clay stamps of her own design and uses both matte soft-hued glazes and bold red glazes. Creating a wide variety of forms, she often plays with the juxtaposition of stamped patterns and form as she creates each piece.
Marianne’s work can also be found at Artique, Lexington, KY; True Kentucky, Glendale, KY; Promenade Gallery, Berea, KY; Kentucky Haus, Newport, KY; Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; Damselfly Studio, Midway, KY; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.