Drawing and painting were passions since Marilyn was a small child but midway through her senior year in college she took a course in ceramics. As the new, young ceramics professor made his first pot for the class on the wheel, she fell in love- with throwing. she has been working with clay ever since, recently retiring from reaching ceramics and painting at Hilliard Darby High School. After a career helping others find their artistic vision, she is finding time to now explore her own.
Her inspiration comes from the natural world, the rocky coastlines and tidal currents, the ocean washed stones and driftwood, quiet woodland paths and the still water of forest ponds. In recent years she has learned the firing technique known as Alternative or "Naked " Raku. The term "Naked" refers to the lack of glaze on the final pieces. During the multi-step process, the element of chance figures strongly: the interaction of fire, smoke and the chemistry always results in surprise.
Marilyn is a member of and has exhibited with various art groups in Ohio. Her work is included in both corporate and private collections.