Mary Rose Young was born in Uxbridge UK but didn’t stay there for very long… her childhood was a restless one with her parents moving frequently from one old house to the next. By the time she arrived in Lydney at the age of 12 she was already moving into her 12th family home. To imagine her as a child watching her parents constantly painting rooms and reinventing interiors on an extremely low budget almost helps partly explain how her colourful style evolved.
She soon identified Art as her favourite subject at school and went on to study at Cheltenham and then Wolverhampton Art College, electing to specialise in Ceramics. Her work there was brown and grey, slab built and contemporary. But despite it being so different to her current style she was extremely highly thought of and achieved a Class 1 Honours Degree.
It was after college that she suddenly found the inspiration to reinvent her style. She and her partner moved into yet another old house and were immediately set the challenge of making damp old rooms with peeling wallpaper look great without spending any money. Mary Rose’s answer was colour, every wall no matter how pockmarked was smothered and she started to create pieces of pottery that were as colourful as possible to decorate the mantelpieces and window sills.
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