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Maggie Curtis

Cockerel ridge tile

Maggie Curtis is a freelance ceramic artist, born in (and still working in) Appledore, North Devon.

Her work ranges from architectural and garden ceramics to mixed media sculpture, using a wide range of techniques and materials. She also produces vessels using fumed and smoked fired methods, and the ancient use of terrasigillata, raku and pit firing also play a part in her ceramics.

Maggie's bespoke architectural ceramics follows the tradition of Victorian terracotta and includes sculptural ridge tiles, finials and capitals, embossed tiles and friezes, garden sculpture and restoration and reproduction work.

A vein of wry humour runs through much of Maggie's varied and experimental work. One of her projects was the creation of a series of extraordinary life-size models which were used effectively for advertising purposes, including three figures (two automated) for Christies' stand at the Ideal Home Exhibition. Other commissions have included a communion set, master models for a door knob manufacturer, a fountain and a full dinner service. Her architectural design work has been featured in The Times Magazine, Country Living, House Beautiful, Libertys and Devon Today.
Most of Maggie's pieces are designed and handmade to the specification of individual customers. For example, she has designed and made gate post finials for a Charles Voysey house in Oxford and has recently completed a three metre long commemorative plaque to celebrate the Appledore railway station that was sacrificed for the first world war.

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