Mary Phoenix

M_Phoenix_1Mary has had her hands in clay for most of her life and is known for her sculptural pieces including life-size female torsos, tribal-like masks, primitive figures, iguanas perched on large vessels, and collectible witches.

A Business Administration major at Quinnipiac College in CT in the 70s, Mary was always taking art classes on the side and finding ways to express her creativity.  While her degree prepared her for a 13-year stint of successfully managing a sporting goods store, Mary always felt something was missing.  She found ways to express her artistry and creativity by designing promotional items for the store including T-shirts, print ads and brochures.  All the while, Mary was taking every imaginable art class to help her discover her true passion in the world of art.

In 1994, Mary took a giant leap of faith and followed her dream of being a full time ceramic artist.  She moved to Sedona, AZ, one of the leading small city art destinations, and set up her studio in her home.  By taking classes in pottery and volunteering at the Sedona Art Center, she soon found herself to be an integral part of Sedona’s art scene.  Her dream was becoming a reality. A true artist in every sense of the word, Mary purchased a tiny “undesirable” cottage in Sedona.  Mary had a vision, and using her artistry, creativity and personal style, she turned the cottage into a two-story Tuscan gem, that ultimately appeared in the pages of Sedona Home & Garden Magazine.

During her years in Sedona, Mary served on the Sedona Arts and Culture Commission and was chair person for the Art in Public Places Committee for the City of Sedona.  She served on the Board of the Sedona Fine Arts Festival sponsored by the Arizona State University Alumni Association and also was a co-instructor at the Sedona Art Center for various pottery workshops. In 2005, Mary was sponsored by the Hummingbird House to “adorn a Javelina” for the Javelinas on Parade fundraiser.  Her artwork brought in one of the highest bids at the auction.  (Check out the photos of Mary’s Javelina on her website.)

After a four-year adventure in Asheville, NC, Mary moved back to the Verde Valley in 2012 and is now living in Clarkdale. She took a year to remodel a hundred-year- old miner’s cottage to her liking and is now once again actively creating in clay. Mary’s art may be seen at several galleries in the surrounding area.