Mary began her educational background with clay at the University of Georgia with Ron Meyers and Andy Nasisse, after which she obtained an MFA from the University of Iowa. She is currently a studio potter in Eugene, Oregon, which lured her with its landscape and outdoor activities.
"My current body of work is investigating forms that are functional and inspired by historical folk pottery. I began drawing on my pottery as landscapes presented themselves to me in the brush marks or drip lines of the white slip applied over the red clay. In my search for reference materials I discovered my love of The Barbizon School painters.Their respect for the working class, especially the farmers, shepherds and shepherdess’s and depicting them in nature pulled me in. Although we are living in a more modern time I still identify with these jobs that are closely tied to the land and it’s animals and being a good steward. There is a certain feeling of spirituality in it for me. The feeling of interconnectedness that I get from nature is calming to me. I hope that these images on my pottery bring a sense of calm and connectedness to the viewer. Much like a walk in the woods or along a beach or river or just glancing at the sky might".