Marge Margulies

For ten years after her graduation from The Philadelphia College of Art in 1981, Marge Margulies worked in restaurants, painting on the side, until her friends and colleagues convinced her to pool most of her resources and take her work to her first major trade show.

For the nine years that have passed since she made that first big gamble, Marge has made a living selling her beautiful work all over the country.

"The decision to focus on pottery instead of painting was really a functional one," says Marge. "I had more paintings than I knew what to do with; I'd filled up my parents' house with them, and it was apparent I wasn't going to make a living selling them."

Marge calls her first designs in pottery "painterly," and says she has simplified her approach to design since then. "I've left the ridges visible in this line," she notes, "because I think people appreciate being able to see that a person's hands made something."

She spoke with us about the art of throwing pottery. "It's a lot like mastering a language - once you become fluent, you don't have to stop and think every time you want to communicate a thought. Now I have the technical skill to create whatever I think of. The hardest part is thinking of the idea."

Mastering the art takes awhile, however. Marge says that people who have just watched a demonstration are frequently surprised at how difficult it actually is. "You really have to be able to put the time into it in order to get good at throwing," Marge says. "It only looks easy."