Mary grew up in Haverford, Pennsylvania, the South Side of Chicago, and in the mountains of Colorado. She was drawn to the matter and motion of these places, inspiring her to make ceramic mugs, enameled earrings, chicken drawings, and the desire to bike and hike everywhere. She continues to be passionate about the creative process, nature, and caring for the Earth.
She earned a BFA in Spatial Arts and Ceramics, at California College of the Arts (formerly, California College of Arts & Crafts) in Oakland. Following graduation, she taught screen printing, graphic design, drawing, and painting at Oakland High School. After eight years, she left teaching high school to study for her MFA in Glass and Painting at CCAC. She then taught for nineteen years at San Jose State University in the School of Art and Design, running the Glass Area. She retired in 2005. From 2002-2012 she was co-head of the Crucible Glass program and helped develop the glass studio.
As a Fulbright Scholar from 2009-2010, she taught at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland.
She returned to the mountains of Colorado, and from 2006-2011—in collaboration with science, art, and other community members—designed and completed an 18’ high cast glass flood-marker on Boulder Creek in Boulder, Colorado.
From 2013-2015 Mary taught classes at St. Mary’s College on making environmental art in the permaculture garden.
In 2015, at Ghost Ranch Retreat Center in Abiquiu, New Mexico she helped redesign a new glass studio after a destructive flood, and frequently teaches stained glass workshops.
Mary serves as Board member of the Women Eco Art Dialogue (WEAD). Currently, she is working on a commission with the Akataka Tribe in the Grand Bayou, Louisiana, and is constructing a large outdoor metal/glass sculpture to be installed on San Antonio Road in Mountain View, commemorating the birthplace of early silicon devices like transistors and diodes.
Mary believes that combining art making and environmental study is a healing magical process and potion that guides people to new mutual understanding and helps them to find their true spirit.
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