Growing up in the hinterlands of urban Bergan County NJ, Mary’s family summered (and springed and falled) on Wellesley Island. While in college Mary made some spending money making sewn soft sided leather duffle bags and pocket books.
After college she became a naturalist at Minna Anthony Common Nature Center on Wellesley Island. After 17 years with NYS Parks, Mary left to become the 7th grade science and Chemistry teacher at Alexandria Central School. During this time she discovered a trunk belonging to her husband’s great –great- great Aunt who was a milliner (hat maker) at the turn of the century. It was loaded with seed beads and her interest in beaded jewelry began. In the last 20 years this has morphed into beads, fossils (the science) copper, brass, gems and PMC incorporated into her jewelry. Most recently Mary has been experimenting with fused glass pendants and earrings.
When her daughters got sheep as a 4H project that grew to a flock of 40 and her interest in knitting in the continental style as taught by her great grandmother the line of hats began. Originally only 100% wool adult hats they now are made of many fibers; wool, llama, alpaca, bamboo, cotton and in children’s sizes.
Her work is at Bay House Artisans and an occasional show.