Maria White is an American studio potter. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada and raised in Summerville, South Carolina, White first learned to make pottery while earning her degree in Art from Winthrop University. She continued to focus on ceramics at Penland School of Craft and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts then went on to apprentice with sculptor and inventor, Michael Sherrill. White began her professional ceramics career in Los Angeles where she spent over a decade creating work for celebrated chefs, top interior designers and the sets of major motion pictures. Her ceramics have earned the Award of Excellence from the American Craft Council and her pieces have been published and collected internationally. Outside of her ceramic work, White is an award-winning, independent filmmaker and is an advocate for maternal mental health, having recently founded Mugs for Moms, an effort to help raise awareness and connect makers with nonprofits providing help for mothers that are struggling with maternal mental illness. White is the mother of two and lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
I am inspired by forms, textures, and colors I experience in the natural world and strive to create pieces that are minimal, elegant echoes of these observations. Light is an integral part of my work; I am interested in how it interacts with the objects I create and enjoy exploring how it can be reflected, absorbed and radiated. Working primarily in porcelain and occasionally stoneware, most of my pieces are made on the potter’s wheel and hand-carved while other vessels are cast from translucent, porcelain slip and altered. I aim to create work that is useful and adds joy to daily life.