After years of making representational work, Maria changed course by riffing on the vase form with hand built, slab constructed porcelain. Incorporating chance and randomness into the work by exploring the Nerikomi technique of coloring clay resulted in unpredictable patterns and more exciting firings.
Her work can currently be seen at Hallam Antiques, 428 Warren St. in Hudson.
McDaris Fine Art showed work in 2014 and 2016. Maria Manhattan Ceramics has participated in Basilica Farm & Flea and the Garrison Arts Fair.
Maria returned to making ceramics upon moving to Hudson eleven years ago. She was sidelined by a career in interactive technology. A computer graphics pioneer, her first computer piece “Nancy Reagan Takes the Subway” produced in 1982 at NYU, under a National Endowment for the Arts grant, received wide recognition as the first interactive comic strip and led to a twenty-five year career as an illustrator / art director, contributing to early Internet experiments for AT&T, RCA Labs, Sesame Street, PBS and Bank St. College of Education.
Previously, Maria was known for Maria Manhattan’s The Box Lunch - a large multi media exhibition with feminist overtones that honored women of dubious distinction.
Other work has been exhibited at the New York Historical Society, Galerie Valerie, the Provincetown Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Berkeley Museum, Parsons Gallery and the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where she taught for fifteen years.
Maria is a ukulele aficionado. Her radio show, The Hudson Cafe can be heard on WGXC 90.7FM in Hudson, NY.