Mary Cay


  • 1998: State University of New York at Alfred – Alfred, NY. Graduate coursework in clay and glaze chemistry.
  • 1992-1998: Metropolitan State College of Denver - Denver, CO. Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, emphasis in ceramics. Recipient of the Colorado Scholars Award.
  • 1978-1980: Colorado Institute of Art - Denver, CO. Associates in Advertising Design. Recipient of Portfolio of Excellence Award.

Professional Positions:

  • 1998 to present: Studio artist.
  • 2002 to present: Workshop presenter: Glaze Primer and Sustainable Ceramic Glazing.
  • 2002 - 2007: Art Students League of Denver Ceramics Instructor. Glaze Primer Workshop 2002, 2005, and 2006.
  • 2000 – 2002: Visiting Area Coordinator and Instructor in the Ceramics Department, Metropolitan State College of Denver - Denver, CO.
  • 2000 – 2002: Board Member, Director at Large for the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts.
  • 1999:  Instructor for the Columbine High School's Tile Project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • 1998 - 2000: Jewish Community Center Denver: Ceramics Instructor.

Corporate Collections:

  • 2006: 1st Community Bank - Lakewood, CO.
  • 2005: St Julien Hotel and Spa - Boulder, CO.
  • 2000: Kaufman and Broad - Denver, CO.


  • 7-2016: "High-Fire Glazes" author Sherman Hall, Publisher The American Ceramics Society.
  • 5-2014: “The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes” author John Britt, publisher Lark Books. 
  • 9-2009: "The Happy Accident: How a Ceramic Artist Turned the Product of a Kiln Firing Mishap into a Gem"  by Jennifer Hametty, Ceramics Arts Network's inaugural blog post.
  • 6-2008: "Glazes & Glazing, Finishing Techniques" author Anderson Turner, publisher The American Ceramics Society.
  • 2-2006: Ceramics Monthly Magazine "Mary Cay's Glittering Obsession" by Sumi von Dassow.
  • 4-2003: “500 Bowls, Contemporary Exploration of a Timeless Design” by publisher Lark Books
  • 5-2002: Ceramics Monthly Magazine "Emerging Artists 2002" a national competition.
  • 6-1980: American Artist Magazine "The Artist in Business" illustration selected from a national competition.

Selected Exhibitions:

  • 2024   "Terra/Earth/Ground" Core Art Space - Lakewood, CO. Juror Chris Stevens, Cultural Arts Manager for the city of Greenwood Village
  • 2022: Invitational “100 Cups” Muskegon Museum of Art. Muskegon, MI.
  • 2021: “Reconnect MSU DENVER Alumni Exhibition” - Denver, CO.
  • 2014: “HART” Foothills Art Center – Golden, Colorado.
  • 2012: "Ice Breaker3" Ice Cube Gallery - Denver, CO.
               Juror Gwen F. Chanzit, Ph.D., Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art for the Denver Art Museum.
  • 2011: "Plinth Gallery and Anderson Ranch- A Ceramic Collaboration" - Denver, CO. 
  • 2010: "Merge: Metropolitan State Alumni Exhibition" - Denver, CO. Westword's "2010 Best of Denver Award -Best Group Show."
  • 2007: "The Invitational: A Show of Excellence" - Evergreen, CO.
  • 2006: Solo Show "Reasons for Beauty" Fire Works Clay Studio and Gallery - Denver, CO.
  • 2005: Solo Show "Untold Riches" Space Gallery - Denver, CO.
  • 2004: "Primary Colors: A Survey of Contemporary Craft" - Waynesboro, VA.
  • 2004: "Truth and Temperance" Edge Gallery - Denver, CO.
  • 2004: Invitational "4 EDGE" Colorado State University - Pueblo, CO.
  • 2003: "Cup: The Intimate Object II" - Fort Wayne, IN. Juror Julia Galloway.
  • 2003: "Second Invitational Ceramics Show" Denver International Airport" - Denver, CO.
  • 2001: Invitational "Colorado Women in Clay" - Denver, CO. 
  • 2001: "Colorado Clay 2001" Foothills Art Center - Golden, CO. Juror Wayne Higby.
  • 2000: Invitational "Peaceful Energy" - Taos, NM.
  • 2000: "Y2Klay @ DIA" with the NCECA conference, Denver, CO. 
  • 2000: Invitational "Tzedakah Box Show" with the NCECA conference, Denver, CO. 
  • 1999: "Colorado Clay 1999" Foothills Art Center - Golden, CO. Juror Jeff Oestreich.


1998: "International Orton Cone Box Show" 

a two-year traveling exhibition of 
miniature ceramic art. 

Jury: Harris Deller, Anna Calouri Holcomb,

and Michael Simon.

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