Margaret Grisz-Dow


Dragonfly Night Fruit
Perfume Bottles
Buddha and Bird Cups
White Lemon Paella Platter
Perfume Bottle
Pomegranate Bowl
Perfume Bottle


Margaret’s passion is found in using the clay surface as canvas –  with vivid color and Asian brushwork. Developing her own brush technique, she first began studying Japanese Sumi-e while in high school.  Margaret uses handmade bamboo brushes to paint her pottery and ceramic jewelry with flowing images of fruit, flowers, the figure, birds and animals. She has worked extensively in porcelain, Raku, low fire, cone five midrange, and explores Mishima  ~ a Korean incising technique on leather-hard clay.

As passionate about teaching as she is working in clay, Margaret offers classes to adults, teens and children. During the summer she hosts, with her daughter Isabel, Magic Carpet Art Camps for Children ~ week-long explorations into creativity, in a nurturing, home studio environment.

Born and raised in Chicago, Margaret came to San Francisco seeking the meaning of life, and to join the American Craft Revival on the West Coast. She graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BFA in Ceramics / Art Education, did graduate work in Art Education at San Francisco State University, and has been a professional ceramic artist and teacher for over 30 years.

Margaret co-owned New Details Studio / Gallery in San Francisco’s Sunset District  for 12 years, where she pioneered in developing a line of elegant ceramic jewelry.

She has been a member and on the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Potters Guild for 20 years, and a member of the Association of Clay & Glass Artists of California for 20 years. Margaret lives in San Francisco with her husband, Duncan, and daughter, Isabel. One of her greatest joys is to share what she has learned with others.

Artist Statement

I love working with clay ~ intuitive, sensuous, linking heart & hand, it retains the imprint of touch. In my ceramic art, I wish to combine beauty & function, offering them as companions in the use of everyday objects–living with beauty, & offering that to others.

For adults and teens she offers several workshops:

  • TALKING BRUSHES ~ Asian Brush on Paper & Clay
  • TERRA COTTA GODDESSES ~ Opening to the Goddess Within the Clay
  • DESK TOTEMS ~ Bringing Clay & Relaxation into the Workplace (can include yoga)
  • SACRED VESSELS ~ BODY & BOWL ~ Finding center through yoga, hand-building, and meditation.
  • SACRED GESTURE ~ BODY & BRUSH ~ Inner gesture expressed through yoga & brushwork (on paper &/or clay)
  • A POTTER TEACHING POTTERS YOGA ~ Theraputic yoga for potters’ physical needs
  • A graduate of Sri Yoga Teacher Training;  Yoga Alliance Certified, Margaret teaches Gentle, Enlivening Yoga in the workplace

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in private galleries throughout the United States, Canada and Japan, including:

Smithsonian Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
Maritime Galleries, Tokyo, Japan
Boulder Art Coop, Boulder, Colorado
Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA.
Healdsburg Art Center, Healdsburg, CA.
Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angles Art Museum Shops.
Berkeley Potters Guild
Association of Clay & Glass Artists of California
American Craft Council Shows, nationwide

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