Yearly Archives: 2013

Mary Belle Cordell receives Scholarship from the Florida State National League of American Pen Women

national_league_of_american_pen_womenMary Belle was awarded the JUST FOR YOU scholarship from the National League of American Pen Women at November convention in Daytona Beach FI. The scholarship may be used to attend any art school of her choice to continue her work in porcelain art. She will use the scholarship to attend the Georgia by the Sea School of Porcelain Art at Tybee Island, Georgia. She will be studying portrait painting with Internationally known porcelain artist Jane Marcks.

Mary Belle continues to study and teach the art of porcelain painting.



artbravowebsiteMary Belle Cordell was one of the honored few who had her work selected to be in the latest juried art exhibit at ARTSERVE GALLERY, 1350 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The jurors for this show were William Braemer, Art Fusion Galleries, Marisa j. Pascucci, Boca Museum of Art and Irene Sperber, Miami Art Zine.

Mary Belle says lilt is always an honor to be selected to be in THE ARTBRAVO show because there are so many talented artists who apply each year.” There were a record number of pieces submitted and the caliber of work was extremely high this year. Many of her fine art  porcelain paintings will be exhibited in local galleries and shows in 2014.


The Ancient Art of Reinvention is the title of the article about porcelain artist Mary Belle Cordell that appears in the July/September Cultural Quarterly magazine.  Mary Belle was interviewed by Samantha Rojas writer for the Cultural Division of Broward County.  Mary Belle is a graduate of The Artist as an Entrepreneur course sponsored by the Broward County Cultural Division.  She has used skills that she learned in the The Artist as an Entrepreneur to reinvent herself again –  and has appeared on the Gem Shopping Net Work TV show selling her jewelry and art work.  The show was broadcast on Comcast and Direct TV.

Mary Belle says, “you must have a passion for what you do” and continue to learn as much about it as you can.



Call the school for more information: 561-392-2503.






Special Weekend Classes

Exciting workshops planned at the Boca Museum  Art School
by Mary Belle Cordell

Beginning in November, 2013, I will be teaching some very exciting workshops at the Boca Museum the Art School.  These workshops will be held on weekends so that most people may attend.

November 8-10, 2013: Hand painted Christmas ornaments, decorated which china paints, lusters and 14K gold.

January 25-26, 2014: Gold etching on small boxes and vases.  Water based nontoxic etching powder will be used.

March 22-29, 2014: Large porcelain tile subject to be announced.  Painted with china paints.

April 5-6. 2014: Faberge Style porcelain egg and egg box.  Enamel and 14K gold will be used.

For information call Mary Belle at 954-772-9647.

Address of school:

Boca Raton Museum of Art The Art School
801 W. Palmetto Park Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33486



Mary Belle Cordell has selected one of the Bonnet House carousel animals to paint for her entry in the Viva Florida 500, Best in Show Series at Gallery 928 located at 928 NE 20th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida opening July 25, 2013 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

The ornate saddle that is on the lion featured in her porcelain picture is decorated with colored enamel and 14K gold fired in a kiln at a temperature of 1800 degrees.  The second tile in the picture features the lion wearing the gilded saddle.  What a magnificent beast.

The award winning picture titled Storm on the Beach will also be previewed during this show.

Storm on the Beach

Storm on the Beach

Storm on the Beach

Carousel Lion porcelain pinting by Mary Belle Cordell

Carousel Lion


George Washington Porcelain Painting

George Washington Porcelain Painting

The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge has commissioned porcelain artist Mary  Belle Cordell to paint a picture of George Washington to be unveiled on February 17, 2013 at a fund raiser at a private home.  The porcelain art picture will be auctioned off at the Freedom Foundation Ball on February 23, 2013 at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale.

I am very honored to be selected topaint a picture of one of our great presidents.  Each year the Freedoms Foundation raises funds to send selected young people to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to learn about our government.

Last year the Freedoms Foundation gave an award to the book “Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln.”  I was one of the writers featured in this book.   I wrote about the porcelain dinnerware that has been used in the White House by each president.

Porcelain Painting of American Flag by Mary Belle Cordell

Porcelain Painting of American Flag by Mary Belle Cordell

George Washington Porcelain Painting by Mary Belle Cordell

George Washington Porcelain Painting by Mary Belle Cordell




100_1191June 2, 2013 marked the second year that porcelain artist Mary Belle Cordell co-chaired the day long tile painting event with the Boca Raton The School of the Arts.  Cancer survivors and their families arrived on Sunday morning to paint tiles for their loved ones.  Each person painted a poem or thought that had helped them through difficult times.  The tiles painted this year will be added ot the two hundred tiles that were painted last year.  The tiles are on the wall of the lobby at the Lynn Cancer Institute, 701 NW 13 Street, Boca Raton, FL 33268.  The art work is truly amazing and may be seen by all who pas through this beautiful building.

Mary Belle has added her expertise by asking for donations and ordering glazes for this project.  She also painted and helped glaze many of the tiles that were completed.



Mary Belle Cordell has been studying egg tempera and water guilding gold leaf with Russian painters Suzanne Scherer and Pavel Ouporov. Studying this old masters style of painting with these world class artists has been a wonderful experience for me.

The Getty Museum in California is now showing this type of art work from Venice, featuring Icons painted with egg tempera and gold leaf. I traveled to California and was privileged to see this exhibit.

 Egg Tempura

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Porcelain art students of Mary Belle Cordell will be exhibiting their class work in the Boca Museum the Art school gallery from January 28th until February 8th ,2013. Mary Belle has been on the faculty of this fine art school for ten years. You may view this porcelain exhibit daily at the school located at 801 West Palmetto Park Road ,Boca Raton, Florida, 33486


The National League of American Pen Women is an organization comprised of women in the arts, letters and music. Mary Belle is professional artist and writer in this organization. She has also been president, and women of the year of the Fort Lauderdale branch. She was also appointed to be the National Art Chairmen and reviewed all art work presented for membership in this organization. 

Recently Mary Belle and Gail Smith, musician and composer were Featured in the National Pen Women newsletter. Mary Belle’s porcelain art was printed on the jacket of Gail Smith’s new CD titled “Reflections.” Their collaboration as Pen Women has been very successful.

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