Maria Pol is a Swiss-Italian sculptor specializing in experimental ceramic techniques. After a career as conservator of ethnographic objects, she immersed herself in the creation of ceramics. Her body of work explores our contemporary material culture and socio-political topics shaped by the impacts of climate change and excessive consumption of plastics and other waste materials. She uses compelling associations to her personal experiences in the art world, observations of her everyday and in-depth research, often using clay as a material to conserve present realities, evoking an allusion to archaeological records of our time. 

In 1985, she pursued studies in conservation of ceramics in Florence (IT) before taking up work placements and trainings in multiple European museums, including the ‘Musée de Sèvres’ in Paris, the Roman Museum in Avenches, the ‘Antikenmuseum’ in Basel, the Swiss School of Archaeology (ESAG) in Greece and the ‘British Museum’ and the Hornimann Museum in London. She worked long-term in Geneva at the ‘Musée d'Art et d'Histoire’ (MAH) and at the ‘Museum der Kulturen’ in Basel as conservator of ethnographic objects.

She worked part-time as a freelancer and went to Alexandria, Egypt for the conservation of work that has been exhibited at the ‘Institut du Monde Arabe’ and the ‘British Museum’ for the exhibition ‘Osiris’ and ‘Sunken Cities’.

She has a diploma as music teacher and had numerous millinery exhibitions and hat shows between 1999-2007 – including borrowing her headdresses and accessories to Guy Laroche and Thierry Mugler’s fashion shows.

Since 2015 she has dedicated herself predominantly to the creation of ceramics. She attended several ceramic training courses in London at the Morley College, the Westminster Adult Education Service, and the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, and participated in courses tutored by John Colbeck, Shozo Michikawa and Rié Tsuruta. In 2017 she was selected to participate in an intensive 3-month pottery course in Tuscany. In 2018 she pursued an academic year at the ‘Institut Européen des Arts Céramiques’ in Guebwiller (FR) and graduated with a certificate titled ‘Créateur en Arts Céramiques’.



8–11.November 2019
«Salon Résonances Strasbourg» (FR)

28.September – 15.December 2019
Selected for the exhibition «Hortus - le jardin envahit la table»; international ceramics competition, Carouge (CH)

December 2018
«À nous de jouer»; final degree show IEAC, Guebwiller (FR)


Hat collection at the 'Musée d’Art et d’Histoire' and 'Musée de l’Horlogerie' in Geneva (CH)

June 2006 – November 2007  
«Le corps et le fer»; group-exhibition at 'Musée du fer', Vallorbe (CH)

May – September 2003
Selected for the exhibition «Métamorphose»; international millinery competition of Chazelles-sur-Lyon (FR)

May 2003
« Le déjeuné sur l'herbe »; group-exhibition at 'Gallerie Mimie von Moos', Basel (CH)

April – May 2003
International art fair EUROP‘ART at the ‘Centre d’Arts appliqués contemporains’, Geneva (CH)

September 2002
«Le métal dans tous ses états»; group-exhibition, catalogue and solo fashion show at 'Gruyère Museum and Library', Bulle (CH)

April 2002
«Festival des artisans et des créateurs de mode», Créatiss 2002, Sainte-Marie-aux-mines (FR)

October 2001
«The World Competition of arts and Crafts Kanazawa»; group-exhibition and catalogue, Japan

May – September 2001  
Selected for the exhibition «La quadrichromie»; 4th international millinery competition of Chazelles-sur-Lyon (FR)

«The Hat Design of the Year 2001»; semi-finalist, London (UK)

June 2001
Headdresses and accessories for Guy Laroche, Paris (FR)

January 2001
«Crown»; group-exhibition at the 'First Row Gallery for Design and Craft', Basel (CH)

December 2000
Gallery Viceversa, Lausanne (CH)

October 2000
Headdresses for Thierry Mugler, Paris (FR)

April 2000
«10 jours d’art contemporains»; group-exhibition, Evian (FR)

April 1999
Solo exhibition at 'Centre d’Art appliqués contemporains', Geneva (CH).

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