Marijke Varrall-Jones

Specialist art consultant in modern and contemporary ceramics and Founding Director of Maak Contemporary Ceramics

Areas of specialist interest:

  • Marijke is a recognised specialist in the field of Contemporary Ceramics with over 20 years working in the auction and fine art industry.
  • Founding Director of Maak Contemporary Ceramics, the leading auction house and art consultancy dedicated exclusively to Modern and Contemporary studio ceramic art.
  • Presenting two auctions per year focusing on the leading names in British and International studio ceramics.
  • Full range of consultancy services to a global audience of private collectors, museums and public institutions.
  • Specialist expertise on buying and selling studio ceramics, advising on strategic acquisitions and de-accessioning either privately or at auction.
  • Wide ranging valuation services including insurance, probate and gift in lieu.
  • Speaker on subjects including Studio Ceramics, the Contemporary Ceramics Market and Collecting Contemporary Ceramics.
  • Online charity auctions.


January 2009 – Present
Maak Contemporary Ceramics | Founding Director
Maak is an internationally respected and market leading auction house and art consultancy specialising in Contemporary Ceramics. They provide first class services to a global audience of private collectors and public institutions, operating at the highest level of the market. The success of Maak is a result of combining an in-depth specialist knowledge of contemporary ceramic art, with unique experience of the associated auction market and a dedication to providing excellence in client experience.

June 2012 – Present
iRostrum Limited | Founding Director
iRostrum provides software services to the fine art auction industry through their innovative and high performing white-label online auction platform, combining advance technical solutions and excellence in presentation and client experience.

2010 – 2014
Sotheby’s Institute of Art | Consultant Lecturer
Lecture themes included The British Studio Pottery Movement, The Commercial Market for Contemporary Ceramics, The Online Art Market, The Business of an Auction House, as well as leading Museum and Collection tours.

2004 – 2009
Bonhams | Contemporary Ceramics Department | London
Various positions within the department culminating in Head of Contemporary Ceramics from 2007.
Until it’s closure in 2009 the Bonhams Contemporary Ceramics Department were world leaders in this field with auctions conducted in London, New York and Bath.

1998 – 2004
Various positions within the Fine Art industry

2000 – 2003
Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London | BA (Hons) Fine Art and Decorative Art


  • Auction services for buyers and sellers
  • Valuations
  • Whole market sourcing services
  • Authentication
  • Curation


Offices in Berkshire with Auctions in London