Opening Reception:
Friday, December 2, 2011
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Exhibit Start Date: 2011-11-25
Exhibit End Date: 2012-01-06

“The texture of a tree trunk
The curve of a palm tree
The topography of a bone
The beauty and grace of ancient forms
The utter responsiveness of the clay material…

These things drive me to work.
All the rest is just putting the pieces together.”

Mary Henderson first began working in ceramics while pursuing a BA in anthropology at Beloit College in Wisconsin.  During post-graduation fieldwork, she discovered that you couldn’t make ceramics in a hotel room.  She moved to Edwardsville, IL to study ceramics in depth at Southern Illinois University, and perhaps figure out how to make a living.  She succeeded at the former, earning merit-based scholarships to help her finish her fine arts degree.  During this time, she also studied at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, and Penland School near Asheville, NC.  As for earning a living, she has worked in landscaping, photography and as a medical illustrator.  Currently, she lives in St. Louis, MO teaching part time at Craft Alliance and maintaining her own pottery studio.  She sells her pottery directly to the public at Renaissance Fairs and medieval re-creation events nationwide.