Mary Pierce LaFleur
4236 NY 42
Wynantskill, NY 12198
I began making pottery 30 years ago at The Boston Center for Adult Education. I studied there for
three years with Dorothy Mayzel. In 1975, I moved back to Troy, New York when I married my husband, Bob.
One of our first purchases was a potter’s wheel, followed the next year by an electric kiln, and I was in business.
Pinewoods Potters was established in 1977 on Pinewoods Avenue in Troy.
enjoy making pottery that people can use in everyday life. My educational background is in music and the
patterns and designs I like to use remind me of the movement and form in music. Another influence on my
work has been my flower gardens, which bloom with vibrant color and unique texture.
Going into my studio every day is an adventure. I love creating new pieces. I’ve
recently begun using brightly colored slips that give my pieces a fresh new look.
I have taken classes with Lana Wilson at Penland
School of Craft and with Hayne Bayless at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, TN. Last summer I studied raku firing with Randy
Broadnax at Sugar Maples in the Catskill Mountains.
I teach hand-building classes and raku classes at The Art Center of the Capital Region.
My pottery can be purchased in the following institutions: The Arts Center of the
Capital Region in Troy,NY, Shaker Heritage Society in Latham,NY, Lynn Dee's Gallery in East Greenbush, NY,
The Broken Mold Studio in Troy, Great Finds in Valatie, The Albany Institute of History and
Art Museum Shop, The Lamp Post in Latham, Young's General Store in Averill Park, NY and Departure at the Albany Airport.
My pottery may also be purchased at my studio by appointment.