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Margaret Polcawich


Margaret’s work begins with natural patterns, shapes, and movements, while incorporating a visual language of form and emotions. She creates decorative vessels and wearable sculptures that provide a unique visual voice and demonstrate a reverence for the processes of the natural world. Vessels are a universal concept interwoven in rituals, decorative aspects, and functional uses in daily life. 


Formerly focused on functional work, Margaret’s recent work has been an exploration of visual language and form in a variety of materials including wood, metal, wire, paint, and featuring polymer clay. Polymer has unique capabilities for both surface patterning, and structural uses, additive and subtractive capabilities, and ability to combine with other materials.


Her pieces utilize this very modern material while drawing on a host of techniques from traditional craft materials. She incorporates mold and form techniques that draw on ceramic methods to create hollow forms. She draws on woodworking experiences in some of her shaping, carving and joinery. Her surface techniques include millefiori-inspired canes, and mokume gane inspired surfaces. She enjoys the visual conversations between herself, her work and the viewer, as well as the conversations that develop between the materials as part of the process. 


Margaret has a BFA with a focus in sculpture from Carnegie Mellon University and a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the Brookside School of Botanical Art and Illustration. Margaret is experienced in fine woodworking and furniture making. Margaret is an Officer and artist member of the Art League of Germantown, the Gaithersburg Artists Collective, and exhibiting artist at Gallery 209.

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