Playing and working in her father's studio, Marylyn Holland literally grew up with clay. Although her early introduction was functional wheel thrown pottery, currently she is exploring handbuilt sculptures, vessels, and wall hangings.
Holland's work reflects both her love for the simple beauty of Asian design and her fascination with form. She loves the idea of simple decoration on a graceful organic form. Finding tension between these ideas continues to intrigue and challenge her.
Holland finds the process of working with clay meditative: in part intentional, in part open to something greater flowing through. She believes that once we can nurture harmony and peace within ourselves, then we can contribute towards this awareness in others. She thinks artists can play an important role in this area. A piece of art work can touch the core of people's heart, acting as a catalyst or a closest friend to have soul conversation. If this happens in her work, she will be communicating with people through her work, sharing her inner experiences. She would like to continue creating clay sculpture with this kind of consciousness, so that she can contribute to peace in her small, yet unique, personal way.